King Tut: Short Life of the Boy King

Golden Mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum (Image by Carsten Frenzl via Wikimedia Commons)
Golden Mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum (Image by Carsten Frenzl via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen.

Here are some things you may not have known about King Tut.

Tutankhamen’s gene pool didn’t exactly have a deep end. He was born around 1341 BC , his father was the pharaoh Akhenaten and his mother was one of Akhenaten’s sisters.

His original name was Tutankhaten, which means living image of Aten, the god worshipped by his father.

King Tut ascended to the throne in 1333 BC at the age of nine or 10. It’s believed he and his advisers ended the worship of the god Aten, and returned the god Amun to supremacy.

It was around this time that he changed his name to Tutankhamen, or living image of Amun.

Possibly because of his lack of genetic diversity, King Tut was a sickly child. It’s believed he used a cane to walk around and that he had a cleft palate.

Examination of his mummified body showed that he suffered a compound fracture of one of his legs shortly before his death. It’s believed that he may have died of a related infection.

Regardless of what killed him, it’s believed it happened quickly. He was buried in a tomb that was unusually small for a king. There is also evidence that the interior paint had yet to dry when the tomb was sealed.

Our question: Which pharaoh was entombed in the Great Pyramid of Giza?

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