When I first met Egyptian King Tutankhamun, I was at the high school. I read about a part of his life and he really attracted me. Then I wondered his whole life and mysteries. So, my love for Ancient Egypt Civilization and archaeology has begun. Who was Tutankhamun? Let’s read.
King Tuth acceded at the age of 8 and he died at the age of 18. He reigned between 1332 BC and 1323 BC. When his father died, he got married his step sister Ankhesenamen. And he became the king. His reign was ordinary and there was a chaos because of religion in the country.
Although numerous hypotheses, the king’s sudden death is still a mystery. Did he die because of malaria? Did his broken foot become gangrenous? Maybe a wild animal hurt him. He was just 18 when he died. There are lots of researches and predictions about his timeless death. Some of hypotheses are assassination, chariot accident, malaria, genetic bone disease, etc.
Last years, the autopsy on Tutankhamun’s mummy helped experts to learn some information about his body. His hips were as wide as a woman’s. He couldn’t move his entire foot because his leg was not straight. And he was toothy. I think his genetic disorders come from his mother and father were close relatives (DNA analysis shows his mother and father were siblings.). He had some broken ribs when he died. Whatever his death reason was, he was buried in a hurry.
After 3000 years passed, in 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed Tutankhamun’s grave in the Valley of the Kings. It was a significant discovery. The most attractive thing for people is not his grave but his items. Carter called them as a collection including extraordinary and beautiful objects. The most iconic treasure of the grave was the king’s death mask which is 10 kilos of gold.Some of the other items are a leopard-skin cape, four game boards, six chariots, 30 wine cups, and 46 bows. It took Carter’s ten years to list 5398 grave items. The most surprising item for scientists was a dagger made of meteoritic iron.
King Tutankhamun is the most known Pharaoh when someone talks about Egyptian archaeology, although he reigned for ten years. He contributed to Egyptian history thanks to his grandiose grave. If you want to read more about Egyptian archaeology, please click here and here. Thanks for reading.