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The boy king, Tutankhamun 's 
Life, Tomb and Treasures

Tutankhamun Golden Mask

Golden mask of King Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun or King Tut ascended to the throne when he was nine years old that's why he might be known as the boy king. He is the pharaoh who holds a prominent position in the history of Egypt. Not because of his power or greatness, but for the fact that his grave was the only one that was not exposed to robbery. Tutankhamun reigned in 1300 BC almost a decade as a marionette of the priests.

For a long time it was believed that Tutankhamun died from tuberculosis at a very young age. Modern X-ray technology shows a wound on the right backside of the skull. The priests may have been in such a hurry they could not await his tuberculosis, but had to strike him dead.

Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in the Valley of Kings by the British Egyptologist Howard Carter who was excavating on behalf of his patron Lord Carnarvon in November 1922. Today, the tomb still contains the pharaoh's remains, hidden from view inside the outermost of three coffins.

The name "Tutankhamun" is derived from the hieroglyphs which translate as Tut-ankh-amun meaning the "Living Image of Amun." Today, many people refer to him as Tut.

King Tutankhamun's treasures
There is probably no more famous group of artifacts in the world then those associated with the discovery of the tomb of young King Tutankhamun. Among these treasures are 

  • Furniture and Boxes
  • Golden mummy mask of Tutankhamun
  • Coffin of wood overlaid with gold and semiprecious stones
  • Wood shrine overlaid with gold sheet
  • Jewelry and Ornamentation
  • Statues and sculptures

Most of the treasures of King Tut are in the Egyptian museum in Cairo and the rest remain in his tomb in the Valley of Kings in Luxor.

 

Golden mask of Tutankhamun Shrine of Tutankhamun Gold Falcon pendant
Falcon Gold pendant

Winged scarab pendant

Funerary Golden Mask of Tutankhamun King Tut Shrine Winged scarab pendants
 

Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb

Howard Carter, the discoverer of tutankhamun's tomb in 1922The discovery of king tutankhamun's tomb was a great event in 1923 that made Carter a prominent figure in modern history. Although the discovery may have been by mere luck, it gave Carter an attention that no archaeologist  have received before. Howard Carter was born on May 9th, 1874 in the small town of Kensington, London, England His father was an artist who drew portraits for local landowners, taught Howard the fundamentals of drawing and painting. but Howard Carter developed an early interest in Egypt, so when he was 17 years old,  he traveled to Alexandria, Egypt. he hoped to work with the Egyptian Exploration Fund as a tracer. Tracers copied drawing and inscriptions on paper for further study.

In 1891 He was hired by the Egypt Exploration Fund in London to help P. E. Newberry with the epigraphic recording of tombs at Beni Hasan and El-Bersha, in Middle Egypt.

At the beginning of 1900 Howard Carter was appointed Chief Inspector of Antiquities to the Egyptian Government. He stayed in that job until 1904.

In 1905, Lord Carnarvon became interested in Egyptian antiquities and decided to finance some archaeological work. He hired Howard Carter to conduct the archaeological works which gave its reward in 1922 with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Books and DVDs

  Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs: Official Companion Book to the Exhibition sponsored by National Geographic ~ Zahi Hawass
  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792238737 ISBN-13: 978-0792238737
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  Mysterious boy king Tutankhamun returns to the U.S. in 2008, bringing rare treasures never before seen outside Egypt. For the millions of fans wanting a keepsake and chronicle of this magnificent new exhibition, this book will delight. Created by world-renowned art historians under the guidance of Zahi Hawass—director of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and a well-known media personality—it surveys 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history by focusing on the lives and lifestyles of great pharaohs.
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; illustrated edition edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426202644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426202643

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