The Tomb of the Ancient Kings was a room in all of Season 1. It featured 5 golden doors and a sarcophagus in the center. A contestant who enters must find the key in the sarcophagus to open the door into the Swamp, Spider's Lair, Bamboo Forest, Holes of Python or go up into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey or bust through the wall if it can be destroyed. This room was replaced in Season 2 by The Dark Forest.


  • The doors and fallen column from the Tomb of the Ancient Kings can still be seen in the Dark Forest and have not been altered.
  • This room was known for having one of the contestants illegally jumping out of the temple as shown in Henry VIII's Great Seal.
  • King Tut's Cobra Staff was located here, in a very appropriate nod to the fact that it was an ancient pharaoh's item.
Seasons Used 1
Layouts Used I-IX
Episodes Seen 1-40
Objective Completion 6
Temple Guard Encounters 5
Artifacts Featured The Map to the Lost Gold Mine
The Trojan Horseshoe
The Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci
The Stone Marker of Leif Erikson
The Mask of Shaka Zulu
King Tut's Cobra Staff
Adjoining Rooms The Shrine of the Silver Monkey
The Mine Shaft (Layouts I & II)
The Dungeon (Layouts III-V)
The Well (Layouts VI-IX)
The Swamp (Layouts I, IV, & V)
The Spider's Lair (Layouts II & III)
The Bamboo Forest (Layout VI)
The Holes of Python (Layouts VII-IX)