Tutankhamun is one of the pharaohs of the 18th dynasty, as is known in the history of ancient Egypt. He was the pharaoh of Egypt and its ruler from 1334 to 1325 BC during the New Kingdom. Tutankhamun is one of the most famous pharaohs. At first glance, some might think that his fame is due to his achievements or the wars he won (as is the case with many pharaohs). Other reasons are historically important which have made him so famous. The most prominent reason is the discovery of his tomb with all its contents and treasures without any damage.
5,398 items to be exact have been found in the tomb. There is a mystery surrounding the circumstances of his death, as many considered that his death was at a very young age. It also becomes mysterious when they found fractures in the bones of his thigh and skull. Many mysterious events in addition to the myth of the curse of Pharaohs associated with the tomb of Tutankhamun have made this young pharaoh the most famous among all ancient Egypt’s rulers.
His story and many mysteries around his death have been used in movies, books, and even video games. With many unanswered questions, archeologists have considered his death one of the oldest assassinations in the history of humanity. The young Tutankhamun was buried in his tomb – Cemetery 62 – in the Valley of the Kings.
Tutankhamun was nine years old when he became Pharaoh of Egypt. His name in ancient Egyptian means “the living image of the god Amun” (Amun: the great ancient Egyptian god).
Tutankhamun lived in a transitional period in the history of ancient Egypt, as he came after Akhenaten, who called for worship of a single god named Aten. Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings by the British archaeologist Howard Carter.
Tomb of Tutankhamun is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
When Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamon, he remarked that it was, “the day of days, the most wonderful that I have ever lived through, and certainly one whose like I can never hope to see again”. However, the collection is yet to be completely documented, and it took some ten years for Howard Carter to finish excavating the tomb.
After the tomb’s discovery in the Valley of the Kings on November 4th 1922 by Howard Carter, much of the contents were transferred to this great museum. The inner coffin, of three sarcophagi, is made of 450 pounds of solid gold. It is one of the finest examples of the goldsmiths’ work of all time.
These are some of the only treasures from a Pharaonic tomb as tomb robbers took all the others shortly after their completion. As Tutankhamun is thought to have been murdered at the age of 18, this treasure may have paled to insignificance compared to that of greater Pharaohs. The collection has traveled the world, setting attendance records most anywhere that it may be found. While its current permanent housing is in the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, it will soon be moved to a new downtown location.
The collection contains about 1700 pieces consisting of Furniture and Boxes – Basic Funeral Equipment – Jewelry and Ornamentation – Statues, Sculptures, and Containers – Other Items.
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