The bygone reign of King Tutankhamun (1341-1323 BCE approximately) wouldn’t have been remembered by the outer world without the discovery of his splendid tomb. His reign was not a remarkable one even if he had ascended the throne at a young age (9 years old). The world came to know the best of the ‘Boy King’ when the Tutankhamun tomb Egypt has been unearthed by renowned archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
As the death of Tutankhamun is still persisting as a mystery, the little king has been swiftly buried and easily forgotten. Later, after around 3000 years, Tutankhamun’s tomb has been excavated in an archaeological expedition at the Valley of the Kings. His mummified body wasn’t the one that fascinated the world, but the significant offerings buried along with him.
Let’s Know Some Tutankhamun Facts
- King Tut was also known as the Boy King as he had begun his reign when he was just 9 years of age.
- The little King had died when he was just 18 years of age and his body has been preserved as mummies.
- The golden coffin of the King has been buried inside a tomb in the Valley of the Kings amidst 5,000 exquisite treasures.
- The King’s burial mask consists of around 20 pounds of gold.
- His Sandals were also discovered along with the golden death mask.
- The treasures of the tomb include a crown, golden throne as well as pottery
- He was well fed for his afterlife offering 30 wine jars, 46 bows, six chariots, four game boards, and a cloak made of leopard-skin.
One Among the Smallest Tomb
The Boy King’s tomb was one of the smallest among tombs in Egypt located in the Valley of the Kings. The very first pharaohs used to build highly remarkable pyramids in the Northern deserts which remain as the major Egypt attractions. But this trend has ended with the emergence of the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC).
Most Kings were later buried inside the rock-cut large vaults dug into the Valley of the Kings making it one of the best places to visit in Egypt. The tomb has unimposing doors but it is well adorned and spacious inside. But the King Tut was actually buried inside a confined tomb tunneling into the surface of the main valley. It might be because the King has been deceased at a younger age to fulfill his pioneering plans. Other Pharaohs have managed to construct worthy tombs within two or three years of time. The little King had to be buried in a non-imperial tomb as his own pyramid was unfinished.
King Tut’s Heart was Missing
The ancient Egyptians had faith in the afterlife and they believed this can only be attained if the body of the dead was conserved in a lifelike state. This belief eventually made them evolve with the science of unique artificial mummification process.
Mummification is essentially a procedure of drying out the human body using natron salt and then enveloping with so many layers of ligatures in order to maintain the lifelike shape. The internal organs would be detached in the initial phase of mummification and it would be preserved separately. The brain will be removed as its function is then unknown and heart would be considered as the organ for reasoning. Thus, it would be considered essential afterlife and would be left in position. It will be attached back if in case of accidental removal, though not necessarily in the actual location.
Nevertheless, King Tutankhamun hasn’t had a heart in the discovery. He was found with an amuletic scarab imprinted with some funerary signs. This can be the signs that he had died far away from home and his heart might have been excessively decomposed to get preserved apparently.
Buried in an Expensive Coffin
Inside the Tutankhamun’s tomb, you can find his mummy within the nest of golden coffins. Even if two of the three coffins were wooden made covering a gold sheet, the most underlying coffin was made using thicker sheets composed of beaten gold. The coffin weighing 110.4 kg has a length measuring around 1.88 meters. Thus the ultimate resting place of Tutankhamun becomes indeed priceless!
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Being one among the significant prehistoric discoveries of all time, the glorious burial of King Tutankhamun had contributed more than the mummified tombs of various other age-old Pharaohs. It has also bestowed for the advancement of modern studies on the historical traits of Egypt.