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King Tutankhamen: The Mysterious Pharaoh of Egypt
King Tutankhamen was not an important pharaoh, or a successful one.
However, he is the most famous pharaoh, thanks to the incredible and exciting discovery
of his tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922 1. The young pharaoh's tomb
may not have been the biggest, most elaborate tomb, but he and his family had at their
command the wealth of the greatest period of Egyptian history 2. King Tutankhamen's
fame today is due to his tomb and what was found in it. It was the only Egyptian tomb of
a pharaoh with most of its contents intact, found in history 3.
King Tutankhamen was born over 3,000 years ago. No exact date is known 4.
Tutankhamen was believed to be born in Malkata, a place in Southern, Egypt 5. To this
day the true parentage of Tutankhamen is unknown 6. Most historians believe that
Tutankhamen is the son of the old pharaoh, Amenhotep III and his chief wife Queen
Tiye7. Because his parentage remains a mystery, it is very possible that he could even be
the blood of a common town's person 8. King Tutankhamen, only nine years old, was
crowned as pharaoh in 1336 BC in Memphis 9. He was still a child when he was pharaoh
and thus King Tut still carried out normal childhood events while he was pharaoh. King
Tutankhamen began school at four years of age as did other well-born Egyptian children.
He learned to read and write. King Tutankhamen was a very good writer and a great
quantity of scribal equipment was found placed in his tomb 10. He was a good pupil and
graduated with honors 11. As a pharaoh, King Tutankhamen had a great diet. The
contents of his tomb reflected a diet of breads and cakes made of barley and wheat,
seasoned with spices and sweetened with honey. Dates, figs, grapes, almonds, and fruit
of palm were considered desserts. He possibly could have snacked on watermelon seeds;
eleven baskets were found when his tomb was excavated. he drank wine at mostly every
meal and was amply supplied with thirty large jars of vintage wine for his afterlife 12.
Tutankhamen practiced many activities in his spare time also. King Tut indulged in
riding in his chariots, fishing, archery, and swimming 13. Hunting was a true love for
King Tutankhamen. He hunted antelopes, waterfowl, hare, gazelle, ibex, ostriches, and
even the powerful dangerous hippopotamus 14. King Tutankhamen had numerous dogs
that he loved to play with while he was relaxing in the palace 15. King Tutankhamen
could have possibly collected walking sticks also. One hundred thirty walking sticks
were found in his tomb. They were decorated with ebony, ivory, silver, and gold. The
use of boomerangs as a spare time activity is also suggested because several of these were
also found in his tomb 16. King Tut was also entertained by playing senet, an ancient
Clothing was a very important thing in King Tutankhamen's time. The dressing
of a pharaoh was a very big ritual event that was carried out in front of favored courtiers.
Tutankhamen was well equipped for this event. Many of his clothing items were placed
in his tomb with him when he was buried. Clothing, sandals, necklaces, jewels, a pair of
mirror boxes, and a life-size mannequin were all found in his tomb. The mannequin was
cut off at the elbows and above the hips. It was the same size as Tutankhamen and was
probably used to display options he had for robes and elaborate jeweled collars. King Tut
usually wore his customary knee length kilt with a triangular loin cloth tied around his
waist underneath it. Occasionally King Tutankhamen wore undershirts which were
adorned with embroidery around the neckline. These simple garments represented a
significant investment of labor. Some of his undershirts are estimated to have taken three
thousand hours to complete. Many cosmetic cases were found in King Tutankhamen's
tomb also. This suggested that he wore makeup along with a lot of other Egyptians. The
main feature he enhanced with makeup was his eyes. Everyday he outlined his eyes in
kohl, a paste of ground malachite mixed with liquid. This created a dark liquid to define
his eyes, resembling the eyeliner of today 18.
Tutankhamen married his half sister, Ankhesenamun soon after his crowning of
pharaoh. This marriage was an attempt to make King Tut more capable of ruling Egypt
in the public eye 19. Although, they did not have any children together, two female
fetuses were found buried next to Tutankhamen. These are believed to be their stillborn
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