How did King Tut impact Egyptian civilization?


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Far from simply being the owner of the feline face behind the iconic golden funeral casket, boy-Pharoah Tutankhamun also ushered in a raft of reforms in his decade-long reign. Many of these revolved around reversing changes his supposed father Akhenaten introduced.

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The country was in chaos after the death of Tutankhamun's father. Despite his young age, and probably on the advice of priests, Tutankhamun transferred the seat of power from Amarna back to Thebes, repealed unpopular changes his father had made in respect to the religion that the population should follow, and worked closely with advisers to ensure that ancient Egypt's status was restored in the region.

Howard Carter discovered and opened the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Among the manifold riches and other signs of extreme decadence were a number of ornate walking sticks. This fact, plus speculation Tut had a club left foot, led Egyptologists to conclude that the teenage King was tall but frail. It is thought that traditional inbreeding, his parents were brother and sister, had led to severe genetic weaknesses probably causing his death at age 17. The hole in his skull that some thought suggested a suspicious death most likely occurred during the process of mummification.

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