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Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled c.1332–1323 B.C. in conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom, or sometimes the New Empire Period. Since the discovery of his intact tomb, he has been referred to colloquially as King Tut.
Tutankhamun’s legacy was largely negated by his successors. He was barely known to the modern world until 1922 when British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled through a doorway and entered the boy pharaoh’s tomb, which had remained sealed for more than 3,200 years
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Key Facts & Information
- Tutankhamun was the son of Pharaoh Akhenaten (formerly Amenhotep IV) and one of Akhenaten’s sisters.
- After Akhenaten’s death, two intervening pharaohs briefly reigned before the 9-year-old prince.
- As a prince, he was known as Tutankhaten. He ascended to the throne in 1333 B.C., at the age of nine, taking the throne name Nebkheperure.
- Tutankhamun was originally named Tutankhaten. This name, which literally means “living image of the Aten”, reflected the fact that Tutankhaten’s parents worshipped a sun god known as “Aten”.
- After a few years on the throne, the young king changed his religion, abandoned the Aten, and started to worship the god Amun (who was revered as King of the Gods). This caused him to change his name to Tutankhamun, or “living image of Amun”.
- His people, however, knew him by his prenomen, Nebkheperure, which literally translates as “Re (the sun god) is the lord of manifestations”.
- When he became king, he married his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun. They had two daughters, both stillborn.
- Early in his reign, Tutankhamun reversed Akhenaten’s reforms, reviving the worship of the god Amun, restoring Thebes as a religious center and changing the end of his name to reflect royal allegiance to the creator god Amun.
- He also worked in concert with his powerful advisers General Horemheb and Vizier Ay — both future pharaohs — to restore Egypt’s stature in the region.
- As part of his restoration, the king initiated building projects, in particular at Karnak in Thebes, where he dedicated a temple to Amun. Many monuments were erected and an inscription on his tomb door declares the king had “spent his life in fashioning the images of the gods”.
- The country was economically weak and in turmoil following the reign of Akhenaten. Diplomatic relations with other kingdoms had been neglected and Tutankhamun sought to restore them, in particular with the Mitanni. Evidence of his success is suggested by the gifts from various countries found in his tomb.
- Despite his efforts for improved relations, battles with Nubians and Asiatics were recorded in his mortuary temple at Thebes. His tomb contained body armor and folding stools appropriate for military campaigns.
Illness and Death
- Tutankhamun was slight of build yet tall, roughly 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) tall. Deep and thorough research of Tutankhamun’s remains shows that the man had very deformed teeth and he also suffered from a club foot, leaving him unable to walk without a cane. He also had very feminine features such as wide hips.
- Tutankhamun unexpectedly died in his 19th year. In 2010, scientists found traces of malaria parasites in his mummified remains and posited that malaria in combination with a degenerative bone disease may have been the cause of death.
Mummy and Tomb
- After he died, King Tut was mummified according to Egyptian religious tradition, which held that royal bodies should be preserved and provisioned for the afterlife. He was buried in a tomb that was unusually small considering his status.
- It’s suggested that because he died unexpectedly, the grander royal tomb was not yet ready and as a consequence his mummy was buried in a tomb intended for someone else.
- Embalmers removed his organs and wrapped him in resin-soaked bandages. A 24-pound solid gold portrait mask was placed over his head and shoulders and he was laid in a series of nested containers — three golden coffins, a granite sarcophagus and four gilded wooden shrines, the largest of which barely fit into the tomb’s burial chamber.
- The tomb’s antechambers were packed to the ceiling with more than 5,000 artifacts, including a solid gold coffin, face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, furniture, chariots, clothes, weapons and 130 of the lame king’s walking sticks.
- The entrance corridor was apparently looted soon after the burial, but the inner rooms remained sealed.
- Within a few generations, the tomb’s entrance had been blocked off by stone debris, built over by workmen’s huts and forgotten.
- British archaeologist Howard Carter had been excavating Egyptian antiquities for three decades when he discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922.
- Over 5,000 items were found in the tomb, including a solid gold coffin, face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, food, wine, sandals and linen underwear.
- Howard Carter took 10 years to catalog the items. Recent analysis suggests a dagger recovered from the tomb had an iron blade made from a meteorite; study of artifacts of the time found in his tomb provided valuable insight into metalworking technologies around the Mediterranean at the time.
- It was long-believed that anyone who disturbed an Egyptian tomb and mummy would be cursed. When members of Carter’s team died of accident or illness after the opening of the tomb, a curse was blamed. Science, however, suggests that mold and bacteria in the tomb were responsible.
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