King Tut is the popular name of Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh who reigned from approximately 1332 BC to 1323 B.C. King Tut became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1920s when his almost perfectly intact tomb was discovered by Egyptologist Howard Carter. The tomb housed Tutankhamun’s well-preserved, mummified body as well as extraordinary riches and funerary objects. The discovery led to worldwide surge of interest in ancient Egypt.Continue Reading
King Tut was a child of less than 10 years old when he was crowned the ruler of Egypt. Because of his age, decisions were made by senior advisers. King Tut's rule was a relatively short one, however, as he died in his late teens. Despite the status of his name in contemporary society, Tutankhamen’s reign as pharaoh was relatively uneventful. His fame is primarily based on the discovery of his tomb.
Tutankhamun’s tomb contained a treasury room filled with wealth of funerary objects, including figurines, jewelry and even boats meant to help him on his journey to the netherworld. The tomb also contained a shrine for Tutankhamun’s embalmed organs.
How Tutankhamen died has been the source of great speculation. The world was briefly captivated by a sensational story that he may have been murdered by a blow to the back of the head. Experts have largely discounted that theory, however, believing that damage to his skull occurred after his death. A more likely cause of death was from an infection resulting from a broken leg. Tutankhamun’s burial mask is displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, but his mummified remains rest in his tomb in the Balley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt.Learn more about Ancient Egypt