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King Tut Day
By Jeremy Alexander Roberts

King Tut's tomb is one of the most important archeological discoveries of all time.

King Tutankhamen was an Egyptian king who ruled the country for just a few years over 3000 years ago. Until his tomb was discovered, there was very little known about him. Even today, his life is shrouded in mystery and intrigue.

King Tut Day celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. The tomb was discovered on November 4, 1922 by a team of archeologists led by English archeologist Howard Carter (May 9, 1874 - March 2, 1939).

Carter's initial discovery was that of steps leading down into an unknown tomb near the entrance of the already excavated tomb of King Ramses VI.

The actual excavation of what has become known as King Tut's tomb didn't begin until November 26 after the arrival from England of George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon who had financed Carter's work in the Valley of the Kings.

King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered nearly intact with a vast amount of treasures that included a solid gold death mask, gold statutes, thrones, a solid gold coffin, gold amulets, bracelets, and other gold jewelry, chariots, musical instruments, furniture, vases, shrines, and many other artifacts.

Because of the size and nature of the tomb, the excavation and detailed cataloging of the site lasted for several years. Carter and his team found over a thousand artifacts in the four room tomb.

The most important find was the nearly untouched solid gold sarcophagus of the 19 year old king. The king had been perfectly preserved for more than 3000 years. The discovery of the tomb is monumental among archeological finds and stands as one of the most important ever.

It is still uncertain how King Tutankhamen died but there are many theories that range from an innocent accidental death to a conspired murder plot to death by natural causes. It has also been noted that the King was of an inbred birth so this may have contributed to a weak immune system that caused his death.

Nonetheless Tutankhamen’s rule lasted a short nine years from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C.

You might ask how you should celebrate King Tut’s Day this upcoming November 4th. Spend some time in the Egyptian antiquities section of your local bookstore or library. You can start with becoming more familiar with the life and times of King Tutankhamen.

  • Who was this 10 year old king and what is his lasting legacy in the 9 years that he ruled?
  • Who were his predecessors and how did he come into power at such a young age?
  • Was their foul play involved? There are always a lot of conspiracy theories that follow the kings of Egypt, their wives, children, and other family member and their royal courts.
  • There are those who believe that there is no way an ancient civilization could have built the pyramids on their own. Theories range from super strength powers to aliens and other mythical creatures that helped build these huge monuments to the kings.
  • Investigate the curses that loom in the tombs for grave robbers?

You can spend a lifetime searching for the clues and meanings behind these questions but it would be fun and educational. Something is mystical about viewing artifacts that were actually used and enjoyed by Egyptian royalty more than 3,000 years ago.

There are museums all around the world that dedicate their resources to studying the life and death of King Tut and giving a first hand view of how people lived centuries ago. Take some time and learn the significance of what many scholars of antiquity consider the greatest historical discovery ever made. See for yourself and enjoy King Tut’s Day.

 

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