Knowing about various historical events and people of the past enriches our knowledge about different cultures. This makes us grasp important events long before that have been influential to the lives we live today. Learning history is never boring as it makes us well learned persons and speaking of history, one of the most captivating events of the past that interest a lot of people is the ancient Egypt.
Egypt has its own share of scandals among pharaohs, significant milestones that stresses impact until today and the kings and queens of Egypt are considered to have had lead intriguing lives that continuously make us ponder. One of the pharaohs that captured our attention is Tutankhamun and we are about to discover more facts about Tutankhamun in this article.
Tutankhamun was the Egyptian pharaoh during the 18th dynasty of the Egyptian history. Originally, his name was Tutankhaten but was later on changed to Tutankhamun when he was 12 years old due to backlash from the imposed new religion in Egypt. He was born at the city capital of Egypt, Akhetaten in 1346 BC.
When Akhenaten died, the throne was then passed on to Tutankhamun and this made him the youngest king as he was only nine at that time, that is why he was also known to be the “boy king” of ancient Egypt. He ruled from 1337 to 1328 BC.
Tutankhamun reigned for a short time, for about nine years and died at the age of 18. What caused the death of the boy king? There were some speculations with regards to the cause of death of Tutankhamun. In 1968, the mummy was subjected to x-ray imaging and small bone fragments were discovered on his skull. This concluded scientists that he may have died due to assassination.
But further studies were done on the remains of Tutankhamun and this lead to another speculation by the National Geographic on December 2006 that he died because of an infected broken leg. The latest report, as of June 2010, had told that the boy king had died due to sickle cell disease, as a result of genetic defects as he was known to be a product of incestuous relationship.
Because the boy king died a sudden death, he was also buried hastily at the Valley of the Kings in Thebes, where his ancestors were buried. After 3000 years of Tutankhamun’s death, an English archaeologist, Howard Carter, discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb on November 4, 1922.
Upon the discovery of the tomb of the boy king, more than 3000 treasures that are mostly covered with gold, as believed to have had helped Tutankhamun’ s afterlife, were uncovered. These treasures are currently stored in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for preservation.