King Tutankhamun and the Discovery of His Tomb

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Kelly Macquire
published on 29 November 2022

King Tutankhamun (or King Tut as he is known) spent the early years of his life with the name Tutankhaten and was born in the eleventh year of the reign of his father Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, who is better known as Akhenaten. While he was a child, Tutankhaten was engaged to Ankhesenpaaten, his half-sister, who is better known as Ankhsenamun. Then, in 1336 BCE Akhenaten died and at just the age of eight or nine, Tutankhaten became pharaoh of Egypt.

Tutankhamun died at the age of nineteen in January of 1327 BCE and his death was unexpected. His tomb consisted of four rooms, The Burial Chamber, Annex, Antechamber, and the Treasury, which were all packed with treasures, everything he could possibly need for his next life.

Tutankhamun would not be known today, if not for the discovery of his tomb one hundred years ago by Howard Carter and his team. The tomb was broken into in antiquity numerous times, but it became buried and forgotten. That is, until the British artist turned archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon, discovered it in the Valley of the Kings. Tutankhamun has become something of a celebrity, and the misinterpretation of an inscription leading to the widespread belief in the Curse of Tutankhamun, or the Mummy’s Curse, has only amplified that, and propelled the pharaoh into pop culture since the 1920s.



0:00​ Introduction
1:03 Early Life of Tutankhaten
4:20 Tutankhaten Becomes Tutankhamun
6:38 The Deat hand Burial of King Tutankhamun
10:17 King Tut in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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The Mummy's Curse: Tutankhamun's Tomb & the Modern-Day Media–the-modern-day/
The Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb

Akhenaten, the Sun Disk and the Amarna Period of Egypt
The Story of Tutankhamun with Garry Shaw
Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World with Dr. Bob Brier
Introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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