Where is Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt and how did the pharaoh die? – The sun

ANCIENT Egypt has a rich history with pharaohs ruling the land for centuries.

One of the most famous pharaohs was Tutankhamen, represented by his iconic mask, after his tomb was discovered a century ago.

Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt

Who was Tutankhamun?

Tutankhamen was an Egyptian pharaoh who reigned from 1332-1323 BC.

He was only nine years old when he ascended the throne and ruled for about ten years, presumably aided by powerful advisers or priests.

During his reign, he restored the supremacy of the Egyptian god Amun, after worship of the deity had been banned during his father’s reign.

To honor his favorite god, the pharaoh changed his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamen, which means Living Image of Amun.

And he moved the capital of Egypt to Thebes, modern Luxor, the site of the main sect of Amun.

When he became king, he married his half-sister Ankhesenpaaten, and they had two stillborn daughters.

How did Tutankhamun die?

Study of Tutankhamun’s mummy revealed that he was petite and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

His body also showed the first known evidence of malaria.

The cause of Tutankhamen’s death has been the source of much debate, with no accounts of his final days.

Some argue that the pharaoh was murdered, with evidence in his tomb suggesting he was hastily buried.

There was a popular theory that the king was assassinated over 3300 years ago and died with a head wound.

However, National Geographic confirmed that a CT scan of Tutankhamen’s mummy showed this theory to be false.

It is more commonly thought that his death was an accident or caused by a natural illness.

Scientists suggested that a wound in his thigh could have become infected and killed him.

Where is Tutankhamun buried in Egypt?

Tutankhamun is buried in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, located on the Nile River opposite Luxor.

It is currently known to house 63 tombs and chambers of varying sizes, and was used as the final resting place for pharaohs and other high lords for nearly 500 years.

One of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, the valley has been the subject of many excavations and is home to a modern tourist center.

Tutankhamun’s tomb (categorized as KV 62) is unusually small for its status, suggesting an unexpected death before a larger final resting place could be completed.

When did Howard Carter discover King Tut’s tomb – and is it cursed?

In 1915, English archaeologist Howard Carter was commissioned to find and excavate Tutankhamun’s tomb.

He finally found the site of the pharaoh’s remains in November 1922, but it was another three months before the archaeologist finally found the sarcophagus itself.

Considered the best-preserved tomb of all in the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun’s tomb made headlines around the world.

The discovery sparked modern fascination with ancient Egypt, with his mask remaining the popular symbol of the great civilization.

But there was a dark side to the story – after exhuming Tutankhamun’s remains, several figures involved in the expedition died in mysterious circumstances.

These included Lord Canarvon, the funder of the excavation team, who died of an infected mosquito bite.

Sir Archibald Douglas-Reid, who X-rayed the pharaoh’s remains, was killed by a mysterious illness.

Carter himself died of Hodgkin’s disease in 1939, aged 64.

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