King Tutankhamun is no ordinary Egyptian pharaoh as he became the main embodiment of the Egyptian civilization to the whole world. His life is truly like a fairy tale filled or an ancient prophecy surrounded by mystery and wonder. What is highly significant about Tutankhamun is that his death is incredibly more important than his life all thanks to a man by the name of Howard Carter.
King Tutankhamun History
Tutankhamun is considered to be one of the youngest kings who ever ruled ancient Egypt and possibly the world as he was only 9 years old when he stood on the throne of Egypt after the death of his father Akhenaten (1351-1334 BC). Like his father, he belonged to the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom ( 1550-1070 BC).
The name Tutankhamen means the living image of god Amun, he ruled Egypt from 1332 BC to 1323 BC during a transitory period due to his father’s action of attempting to create a religious transformation by trying to unite the multi gods in one universal god known as Aton god of sun and make Atenism the official religion of the land but he miserably failed, and moved his capital from Thebes to his new city The Horizon of Aten,(Amarna).
Tut’s relatively short period was basically trying to fix what his dad broke by returning the capital to the city of Thebes and the return of the old gods once more. His wife was Ankhesenpaaten which means “her life is from Aton“, she was his half-sister from Akhenaten and Nefertiti, Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten and Lady Kiya (one of Akhenaten wife).
King Tutankhamun Discovery
A relationship between a gifted Egyptologist & archaeologist by the name Howard Carter and the 5th Earl of Carnarvon inspired the most famous archaeological discovery of all time “Tutankhamun Tomb” in 1914. Lord Carnarvon hired Carter to discover the tomb of an ancient of King Tutankhamen.
Lord Carnarvon spent many years trying to locate the tomb but was unfortunately unsuccessful which led him to hire carter due to his supervise excavations temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor and his usage of modern methods of archaeology and recording.
They both agreed that the tomb of Tutankhamen wasn’t lost but simply forgotten and it’s time for the world to remember the name of Tutankhamun once again. on November 4, 1922, Three days later while systematically investigating a line of huts, the young water boy stumbled on a stone that appeared to be the top of a flight of steps cut into the bedrock so after clearing the debris and a slow a careful excavation of the sunken staircase leading to a mud-plastered doorway which carried the royal seals of King Tut.
King Tutankhamun Tomb
Tutankhamun didn’t enjoy the extravagant life of a king for a long time like his previous Predecessors, he didn’t leave much achievements after his death in his early life of 19 years except of his majestic tomb that was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings that contain his mummy and heavenly treasures despite the tomb being the victim of tomb raiders over the years, which can be found in the Egyptian museum but will soon be transported to the new grand museum which will open in 2020.
One of these wonderful things about the tomb of King Tut is that it is the most preserved and intact tomb in the history of ancient Egyptian archaeology which was open for the first time on 16 February 1923. About 5.398 items were found that Carter took 10 years to document like Tut’s enchanting golden face mask, the inner coffin of three sarcophagi made of 450 pounds of solid gold, his dagger that was made from a fallen meteorite, archery bow, golden chariot, and various majestic items located at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
This discovery was covered by every media outlet & press organization in the world that captured the attention of everyone around the planet and started a powerful attraction to Egyptian archeology.
King Tutankhamun Death
Death of King Tutankhamun is huge mystery as it’s uncommon of Egyptian kings to die in this early age but its known he survived from many disabilities and diseases, that made scholars and scientists search in this puzzle for countless years, they found a hole his skull and fracture in his leg, they think he was murdered, and there are many theories surrounding this mystery.
The Pharaoh’s Curse
Unfortunately the Public seemed to pay more attention to mystical phenomenon known as the “Pharaoh’s curse” which states that anyone who disturbs the final rest of the Pharaoh shall meet his final demise as Lord Carnarvon died 5 months directly after the discovery that led many supernatural speculations but out of the 58 people who were present only eight passed away within a dozen years and the rest lived very peaceful lives like Howard Carter who passed away at the age of 64 in 1939.