Take a tour of this article and go back to ancient Egypt to know about the most remembered king of Land of Pyramids, through these facts about Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun Facts

Is everybody on board? Ladies and gentlemen, this time machine is now ready to take off! Please fasten your seat belts! Three… Two… One…! Okay, we’ll be flashing through in about few minutes. The country is Egypt, and we have gone approximately 3400 years back to 1333 BC. News has it that we’re in the Egyptian period of the New Kingdom. Tutankhamun, son of Akhenaten, has just ascended to the throne and has become a Pharaoh. The Land of the Pyramids is in upheaval as experts are treating it a wild move as King Tutankhamun is just 9 years old. Although young, King Tut seemed to have proved strong metal in dealing with foreign policies, restoring the God Amun to supremacy and undertaking many building projects and dedicating a temple to Amun at Thebes and Karnak, connoisseurs still aren’t quite sure about what the outcome of this move would be. Oh, but what is this? Guess, there is something wrong with the time machine. Sorry for the inconvenience caused but due to some technical difficulty, we need to travel back to 2011. But that simply does not mean we leave you mid way with the facts about Tutankhamun. Just browse through this article and catch up with the rest of the facts about Tutankhamun through this article.
Interesting Facts About Tutankhamun
  • Tutankhamun was born in 1343 BC - his name at this time was Tutankhaten.
  • Tutankhamun changed his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun due to pressure from traditionalists, reflecting the growing acceptance of god Amun.
  • His father Akhenaten was known as the Heretic King and his mother was Nefertiti.
  • At the age of 9, Tutankhamun reigned as Pharaoh between 1334 BC and 1325 BC.
  • Tutankhamun married his half-sister Ankhesenamun and had two daughters.
  • Tutankhamun died at the age of 18.
  • King Tut reigned for just 9 years and the cause of his death still remains a mystery. However there are evidences of a wound in his skull. A possibility of a murder hasn’t been ruled out. A CT scan of King Tut’s mummy in 2005 revealed badly broken legs and DNA analysis in 2010 revealed presence of malaria in his system.
  • As a successor to the throne, Ay became the Pharaoh and took Ankhesenamun as his queen to legalize his rule
  • Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in the year 1922 by Howard Carter and George Herbert. They found the tomb nearly intact and the whole incident received worldwide press coverage.
  • Approximately 3500 artifacts were found inside his tomb. These are believed to have been placed to help Tutankhamun in his afterlife. The walls of the burial chamber were painted with scenes of his voyage to the afterworld. The artifacts are now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
  • Tutankhamun was buried in a hastily prepared tomb in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, the traditional burial place of his predecessors. The person responsible for his burial, and shown on one of the walls in Tutankhamun's tomb, was Ay who succeeded the throne after Tutankhamun.
  • The famous gold mask that rested directly on top of the Pharaoh's mummy weighs ten kilos.
  • His wife, Ankhesenamun, his Military Commander and Chief, Horemheb, Ay his vizier and successor, Tey - the wife of Ay, a high ranking priest of Amun and finally an enemy soldier - a Hittite or a Nubian make up for the prime suspects considering a murderous possibility.
  • The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and its fabulous wealth has made King Tut one of the most famous of all Pharaohs.
Hope these facts about Tutankhamun were able to teleport you to a mystical land of Egypt.

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