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11 facts about King Tutankhamun you Didn’t Know

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Ancient Egypt was a monumental and almost perfectly organized kingdom. It was ruled from generation to generation by different kings each of which had unique characteristics that distinguished them from one another. These kings played active roles in the development and success of the ancient Egyptian kingdom and they were in turn adored by ancient Egyptians. King Tutankhamun (otherwise known as King Tut or simply Tutankhamun)  is one of the greatest Egyptian kings that has ever lived and in this article, we shall focus on the life of this great Tutankhamun, and also provide you with some interesting and amazing facts about Tutankhamun you probably didn’t know about him.



Meaning of Tutankhamun

Since he is popularly referred to as King Tut, you probably do not know what Tutankhamun means. Well, here’s your answer here. Tutankhamun means "living image of Amun", but this is not even his original name. the original name of King Tut is Tutankhaten and this name means "Living Image of Aten". You may be wondering why his name is so strange. The answer is quite simple. Ancient Egyptians believed that the name of any child had great spiritual meanings so, a name was chosen to represent either their individual’s personality, their devotion to a particular god or to reflect the times they lived in and since his parent were devoted worshipers of Amun, they decided to give him the name in honor of the god. 


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Tutankhamun’s birth 

Although this is not surely known, it is rumored that King Tutankhamun was born around 1341BC in the ancient capital of Egypt which at the time was Akhetaten. His wet nurse (woman employed to breastfeed and take care of him) was a woman known as Maia, as that was the name on her tomb in Saqqara. 



Tutankhamun’s Immediate Family 

Tutankhamun’s father was Pharaoh Akhenaten, he ruled Egypt for seventeen years. He was the pharaoh of Egypt in the 18th century and he is rumored to have died between 1334BC to 1336BC.  Since ancient times the Kings of Egypt were allowed to get married to numerous women, he got married to his sister who gave birth to Tutankhamun and also to queen Nefertiti (although there it is a debate that queen Nefertiti was king Tut’s mother). King Tutankhamen married his half-sister Ankthesenpaaten who was one of the six daughters of his stepmother queen Nefertiti. King tut and his wife gave birth to two female children neither of whom survived infancy.



What Tutankhamun looked like

Although there is no accurate description of what king Tutankhamun look like when he was alive, making it artists, archeologists and scientists with the aid of bleeding-edge 3D computer technology have been able to come up with a proposed description of what king Tutankhamun looked like using his mummified corpse that was discovered in 1922. Using this corpse, king Tutankhamun was described to have clubbed feet, feminine body shape, and a large overbite. It is suggested that he was not able to walk without the aid of a stick. The mystery of How the Great King looked in life still remains one of the lesser detailed facts about Tutankhamun you will discover today.



Tutankhamun’s Religion

Tutankhamun’s father Akhenaten is noted for abandoning the ancient Egyptian religion which was polytheism. He introduced the worship of the god Aten and built worship centers, temples, and structures as a tribute & in devotion to the deity, these reforms were not generally accepted. One of the little known facts about Tutkhaman is that when he came into power, he abandoned his father’s religious ways and restored the ancient way of worship. He destroyed his father’s monuments, lifted the ban his father has placed on the cults of god Amun and constructed temples and structures in honor of Amun.


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How Did Tutankhamun Die

Presently, there is a lot of dispute on the cause of death of young King Tut as various organizations and scientists have proposed various scenarios for the death of the Young king Tut. The various causes of death that have been suggested for this young king range from a blow to the head, a chariot accident due to his missing ribs, weakened state as a result of generic impairment inherited from his parents who were siblings and malaria due to the traces of malaria Tropica that was found in his mummified body. Although some of these claims have been proved wrong by in-depth study, there is a general agreement that he died from chronic malaria and a badly damaged knee.



When and where Did Tutankhamun Die

King Tut was a young king that died in the year 1327BC.  He lived from 1336 to 1327 and rule ancient Egypt since he was nine years old. He died in his palace in the ancient capital city of Egypt Akhetaten. 



Tutankhamun’s Age

Since he was born in the year 1336 BC, then it can be determined that king Tut was around 18 years when he died. Although there is still some disputes as to if this was the exact year he was born.




Tutankhamun’s Treasure

 King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in November 1922 by Howard Carter. Before the tomb was discovered, it is estimated to have been robbed twice, but these robberies did not cause any major damage to the tomb or took anything significant. When Carter discovered Tutankhamun's tomb, about 5398 interesting and valuable treasures and materials were found in the tomb. These treasures include a solid gold coffin, face masks, thrones, food, wine, lotus chalice, archery bows, body armor and many more. The discovered items were so many that it took Carter 10 years to catalog them. These treasures were put there by ancient Egyptians to help their king throughout his journey in the after-life.



Why is Tutankhamun so Famous?

King Tutankhamun is famous for so many ancient and modern reasons. The major reason why Tutankhamun is so famous is that he is the last king of the royal family. Since he did not give birth to any male heir, after he died the throne was taken by military rulers that were not from the royal family. Tutankhamun is also famous for restoring the Egyptian ancient religion after his father had abandoned it. 

Another major reason for Tutankhamun's fame is his tomb. King Tutankhamun's tomb is one of the most complete tombs that has been discovered in Egypt's history, and since he was a king, there were a lot of artifacts in his tomb. These materials have helped archeologists to understand a lot of things about his life and death.


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Tomb discovery

Even though there have been a lot of archeological searches and excavations for ancient Egyptian tombs, king Tut’s tomb is one of the most significant ever discovered. Discovered by Howard Carter in November 1922, its discovery was one of the most recognized and significant archeological findings in the world.


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