Discovering King Tut’s Tomb


A Brief History

On November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter found the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

Digging Deeper

The boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun reigned ca. 1332 to 1323 B.C., his name meaning that he is the living image of the god Amun.  “Tut” was likely the son of the rather unique pharaoh Akhenaten, the husband to Nefertiti, who herself ranks seventh on a list of Top 10 African Rulers, Kings and Emperors.  Tut’s father’s uniqueness stems from attempting something of a religious revolution.  Tut’s father tried to focus worship on the sun disk called Aten in what some scholars identify as a type of monotheism in rejection to the usual polytheism associated with ancient Egyptians.  Tut was even originally called Tutankhaten, i.e. the living image of Aten, before changing his name following his father’s death when traditional polytheism was restored.  Given that he ascended the throne as a nine or ten-year-old boy and died at age eighteen, he probably did not make many decisions by himself during his short reign.  Moreover, the young pharaoh, a possible product of incest died under mysterious circumstances, probably by accident, although some suggest assassination as the culprit.

Tut was subsequently mummified and entombed.  He became largely a historic footnote until the Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter’s research in the early twentieth century.  Although Carter made the ground-breaking discovery of the tomb on this date just over a hundred years ago, he did not peer inside for a few more weeks.  Then, on November 26, 1922, he looked inside, probably the first human to do so in thousands of years.  Carnarvon asked Carter if he could see anything.  Carter replied, “Yes, wonderful things.”

Carter’s meticulous work cataloging the many items in the tomb greatly advanced our knowledge of ancient Egypt.  The discovery of Tut’s mummy, along with the beautiful mask of the young man’s face, and the impressive sarcophagi in which he rested undisturbed for centuries are without any doubt the most famous discoveries in all of Egyptology.  Artifacts from the tomb have been exhibited throughout the world and have inspired dozens of films and even songs.

Yet, as for the claims that Carter and others associated with the tomb were somehow cursed, well, that is mere myth

Historical Evidence

The discovery of Tut’s tomb ranks seventh on a list of the Top 10 Most Important Historical Finds.  For more information on this incredibly important find, please read the below listed books.

The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen (Egypt) (Paperback)

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In the Valley of the Kings: Howard Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb (Hardcover)

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Dr. Zar

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history at multiple universities.

  • AH

    This discovery is very important for several reasons. For one thing, we do not know a great deal about Tut, given that he lived a very short life and as the article states, probably did not make many decisions. He did take power, however, in the aftermath of a religious revolution, and died mysteriously. Given how little we actually know about Tut, the discovery of his tomb provided context to both the historical period he lived in and the rituals and ceremonies practiced at the time, allowing us to see an undisturbed tomb laden with treasures.

  • Angela Reed

    Finding Tut’s tomb was and still is important because we didn’t know his whole story. When we found his preserved tomb, we were able to piece together the little bit of history we did know about him.

  • Joe Roskos

    This discovery was important for multiple reasons. Because the discovery was made by Howard Carter, rather than a less adept archaeologist, his methods of cataloguing and preserving the site to some extent for examination were adopted by future archaeologists. The discovery was also important because it provided great insight into the historical context of Tut, particularly how ostentatiously the Pharaohs lived. In a sense, one can imagine just how small the common people must have felt before the presence of the Pharaoh. In addition, what would Hollywood be like without the mummy as a movie monster?

  • Vanzetti

    I think it was a great find because it was not touched by grave robbers, leaving us all the “wonderful things” intact in his tomb. Carter also did archaeology a huge favor via his cataloging methods, which was revolutionary for the time. He probably had OCD.

  • KRT

    This discovery was so important because his sight had yet to be distrubed since it was build certuries before. Also since Carter had cataloged all the item so well it help historians get more insight into how the egyptians lived and more.

  • Ty Rodgers

    I think that this discovery was so important because it gave us the opportunity to learn more about the pharaoh that reinstated polytheism. Along with all the artifacts and writings found in the tomb, we also gained knowledge of King Tut’s lineage and some of his achievements during what was probably the shortest reigning pharaoh in history.

  • Justin D.

    I believe that the discovery of King Tuts tomb is important because it was not sacked by grave robbers and we got to see how it was set up and found great intact artifacts and writings that showed us what there life’s were like back then. Howard Carter and his team did a great job cataloging the items and not removing everything from the tomb keeping a lot of it as it was when he found the tomb so that we could later go back to when technology advances more to discover things they may have missed.

  • Lia Hart

    Because of the finding of King Tut’s tomb, one of the most important findings of all Egyptology was discovered. This became important because real artifacts have been distributed throughout the world for everyone to see and acknowledge. It gave the ability for everyone to understand Egyptology and recognize how amazing it truly was.

  • Breanna Davis

    This was important because of the artifacts that were discovered and became such an important part of history. They were put out around the world for people to view and learn about Egypt.

  • Elizabeth Kuhn

    The discovery was important because the tomb was found undisturbed. Many other tombs had been raided by grave robbers. Having a complete tomb allowed there to be many artifacts that were well preserved. In addition, it was also beneficial that Carter was the archaeologist in charged, because he was meticulous in the preservation and cataloging of every object.

  • Mike Oue

    This discovery was so great because it was untouched. The most important part of this is Carter logged all of these amazing artifacts. If carter did not log these many of the pieces could have gone missing and others may not have been able to make conclusions based on the logs.

  • Danielle Sharron

    This discovery was important because the tomb was found undisturbed. Also, Carter’s practice of meticulously cataloging every object in the tomb ensured that no information would be lost, and that the most accurate conclusions could be drawn from his findings.

  • Dan Heidenreich

    It was remarkable how the tomb was untouched. The shape they found the tomb in would put it up there for most important. Also, this gave other archeologists hope that their can be much more out there. It could be said that this finding paved the way for future findings.

  • J seaman

    Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb was a tremendous discovery. Not only did Carter find the undisturbed remains of an actual Egyptian Pharaoh but he also laid the foundation for documentation practices in archaeology.

  • JC

    How this was not destroyed by anything for thousands of years is astounding.

  • JLS

    Finding Tut’s tomb was an amazing discovery because his body was so well preserved for all this time as well as the condition of everything in the burial tomb. Carter set the tone for cataloging all historical artifacts for todays findings. It is so awesome to be able to view something that is that ancient and of a magnitude of importance.

  • Jake Woolf

    With graverobbing and general pillaging being problematic during Carter’s time (and even to a degree still so), discovering an untouched and untainted tomb yielded a great wealth of insight into burial practices (among other things) of the ancient Egyptians.

  • Ashley Arthur

    This story/discovery is so important because the tomb was never touched! Carter being the archaeologist was also a remarkable thing. We get to learn about the pharaoh and all of it’s history and that to me is such a wonderful discovery. There is still apart of history that hasn’t been destroyed or disrupted. Seeing other photos and learning about different building in class, we have come to realize that they have either been destroyed or recreated and too me that takes away from the history behind it. This tomb being untouched is such a remark of history and hopefully no one trys to destroy it.

  • Titus Rice

    Tutankhamun and his father Akhenaten were both murdered! I believe Akhenaten was murdered for changing the Egyptians religious views from multiple gods to just one god, Amun. Later,
    Tutankhamun was murdered out of fear for going back to his father’s religious
    view to a single god.

  • Karl Paulik

    This discovery was so important because we gained so much information from it. Most tombs found had been raided by robbers, this was untouched. The simple fact that Carter could have been the first person to be in there for possibly a thousand years makes it exciting.

  • RF

    It is exciting that Carter was able to enter the tomb after it had been many many years since the last person entered. I believe one of the Mummy movies expresses the curse of the tomb. It was King Tut and a few other famous Egyptian men and women and the stories that are told that make me want to become an archaeologist, just for the adventure and new discoveries. I think it is by this discovery and many others, why we know so much about ourselves and our history.

  • Brandon Yurick

    I believe the finding of a such a historical tomb was able to pave the way for future archaeologists, and just lets people know that there is still real life adventure and mystery to life to be found. From a history point of view it is important because it gives legitimacy and proof to historical claims.

  • cwank

    It’s amazing that a tomb can go untouched or ruined for so long. It would have been an awesome experience to be the first person to enter the tomb after all those years.

  • Rachel

    It amazes me that the tomb could go untouched for so long.

  • Connor Jamison

    With all of the grave robbers that have either destroyed or runoff with countless artifacts of Ancient Egypt, it is great to see that at least one Pharaohs tomb was left preserved. The amount that we have learned about the life of Egyptians, specifically Pharaohs has connected to the past.

  • Stephan S

    Love how some ancient practices worked so well, especially the practice of mummification. These archaeologists definitely hit the jackpot finding Tut’s tomb. Lots of rich history. Too bad for tomb thieves, they took a lot of important artifacts and sold them on the black market. Those stolen pieces would have benefited mankind more if they were in museums.

  • Kayla L

    It’s sad that some people decided to steal ancient artifacts from the Egyptian tombs of pyramids. At least King Tut’s tomb is still around and hasn’t been pried open by thieves.

  • T.Haubert

    I think it is interesting that a king who was only alive for such a short period of time is one of the most recognizable figures in ancient Egyptian history because of what was found in his tomb rather than what he did during his life span

  • Patrick V

    Archeological finds as magnificent as King Tut’s tomb make me wonder how many wondrous artifacts and pieces of history are yet to be unearthed. Although it’s not the most glamorous occupation, archeologists have given us so many glimpses into the mysterious past.

  • Jordan Minninger

    Its crazy to think that a ten year old boy could rule an empire, let alone do it for 8 years! Its a shame that he died so young. Whats even crazier is how the tomb was untouched for so many years!

  • Lucy Lin

    It’s interesting to know that King Tut gained the throne at such a young age. I could only imagine all the responsibities he must of had. Great article!

  • M Pribula

    The restraint that Carter showed in not looking inside the newly discovered tomb for a few weeks is quite amazing. I mean, with a discovery like that I don’t know if I could have restrained from looking at something that no one in the world had seen for thousands of years. I’m really impressed by Carter’s dedication to preserving the artifacts of the past in a time when that wasn’t so common a practice.

  • GB

    It was cool to hear that they were the first to discover the tomb in hundreds of years. They made a discovery they will never forget.


    What an amazing find! The will power not to look inside for a couple of weeks is remarkable! — DAVID WARDLE

  • Brendon Boxler

    a ten year old ruler is almost ridiculous to think about, and he had so much influence on the people, they even thought of him as a god Amun who took the for of the god only in an image. There is much more we haven’t discovered and knowing we only made a dent in history shows you, we do not know anything yet.

  • Cody Perotti

    It is fascinating in how such a young man “ruled” egypt. However, if Nefetiti was so beloved, why would Tutankhamun be assassinated; especially if it was suspected that he ruled under guidance.

  • Cat

    I have always found King Tut’s story, interesting. It still seems as though there is still a lot of mystery surrounding king tut. He came from a family with two great rulers of Egypt. That could be why he was a good ruler.

  • Lauren M

    It is absolutely shocking to read that he was only a child when he took the throne – I can’t imagine a ten year old ruling such an influential and developed society. I am also shocked that he was only 18 when he died, I thought that he was in power for many, many years. I am also surprised that there is no record of how he died, considering how much power he had, but it was thousands of years ago.

  • Shannon C

    It’s interesting how young he was and how the tomb was untouched for so long. Although it was perfectly preserved, there was no evidence to what killed him? Seems pretty weird.

  • Michelle tuck

    i think it it amazing how small pieces of the puzzle we call history are still being uncovered everyday. I am also amazed at how advanced the early Egyptians were.

  • Alysha K

    It is hard to believe that the people of Egypt would allow someone so young (10) to rule, even if he did not make any decisions on his own. King Tut’s story is a mysterious one. That being said, I am surprised Carter was patient enough to wait weeks before looking inside the tomb.

  • Sun Lee

    Ancient Egyptian history is always very interesting to me. This article gave a lot of insight on the many cultural aspects of Egyptian history, as well as interesting finds and the importance of these finds. I thought it was amazing that from this one simple (although not so simple) find gave so many things for people to learn.

  • Alexander Evenhuis

    I had a feeling that this was a myth. A curse that eventually kills those who enter the tomb? Nonsense.

    Additionally, it seems odd that King Tut took the throne at such a young age. It makes more sense to have someone with more life experience lead a civilization.

  • JMD

    It must have taken a lot of patience for Carter not to look in the tomb till weeks after discovering it

  • Leah Silvestri

    The fact that King Tut was barely an adult when he took the throne from his famous parents is incredibly remarkable. Also I find it very interesting that the cause of his death is somewhat of a mystery. I would think that no one would want to murder the son that came from two great and respected rulers of Egypt.

  • Alex

    It was really interesting to me that Tut’s father focused worship on just the sun god, even though polytheism was alive and well in ancient Egypt. It makes me think that this may have sparked the beginning of monotheistic religions.

  • S Eilerman

    Very interesting how King Tut’s tomb was untouched for so long. I can’t even imagine how many things archaeologists are still yet to find.

  • Trevor

    With the excessive amounts of grave robbery that occurred throughout the history of Egypt raises the question why this particular tomb was untouched. Was it hidden well? Did the legend of curse deter grave robbers? Very interesting.

  • E.S.

    It is amazing that King Tut had such a little role in Egypt, but yet the discovery of his tomb and his mummified body was such a phenomenon!!! It is also amazing how everything in his tomb was untouched for centuries.

  • Andrew (Drew) K.

    I found two things in this article interesting…
    1. I thought that the push for this “sun driven monotheism” by Tut’s father was pretty interesting. I wonder what inspired that.
    2. I thought that it was fascinating how influential the discovery of one tomb was in advancing our knowledge of ancient Egypt.

  • MO

    I think it is interesting that Tut took the throne at such a young age but it makes sense that he did not make the decisions on his own since he was so young. I have no clue how Carter had the patience to wait a couple weeks after his historic find to actually look inside.

  • Nikki Buzalka

    This article sparked my interest on this subject because of the age of Tut when he was King. Comparing to todays society, nobody at that age has that kind of power, which is something that suggests more maturity of those at a young at in Egypt back then.

  • Reese

    It was interesting to learn that Tut’s father had a monotheistic belief, especially in a time period where polytheism was of the norm. I also can’t imagine what it would be like to be 9 or 10 years old and be forced to take the throne.

  • Angelina Huber

    I think it was extremely interesting that Carter found so many different types of artifacts in the tomb. It definitely was a huge insight into ancient Egyptian culture, and has had a huge impact on our society today. There have been many different movies, songs, and TV shows that have incorporated some type of Egyptian culture such as mummies, tombs as well as beautiful and expensive artifacts.

  • Matthew Oswald

    I found it very interesting that King Tut ascended to his those at only the age of 9 or 10 and then died at only 18 years of age. I never knew that before.

  • Rachael Harrington

    I find it very interesting that the archeologist did not
    explore King Tut’s tomb earlier, considering he is now such an important Egyptian
    figure that everyone knows. Also interesting to note that he was so young when he ruled and died perhaps the result of incest.

  • Josh Greiner

    I found it very interesting that he rose to power at such a young age and also died young, yet he still left a lasting impression on future generations.

  • Jacob Benedict

    I find it interesting that even though he didn’t do much as ruler and died at such a young age he is one of the most well know Egyptian pharaohs.

  • Alex Colucy

    I never realized how young he actually was when he came into power

  • Vince Ziccardi

    What I thought was most interesting about King Tut was that he was only thirteen years old as a pharaoh; I always imagined him as a man ranging between 20-30 years old. I’m still trying to understand why people always put so much emphasis on King Tut but none of the other existing pharaohs. Is it because King Tut is all we know about?

  • Claire Loffarelli

    I found it very interesting that he came to such a high power at such a young age, and died mysteriously.

  • Amanda Evaleen Lint

    Loved learning about this when i was younger and even today i still find it sooooo interesting

  • AN

    i love stories where people like Carter, who have dedicated their whole lives to one thing, find the discovery of a lifetime. it really must make all those hours spent digging in the dirt worth it to be able to uncover history.

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  • Nire Conyo Pwerka

    nach bhfuil bréag (that is not a lie)

  • Imno Tellingy Umynaym

    hello i am in kindergadern and i not now tukatnhem . hoo is tutakhamn? i am 8 yeer old . i am frum spanioilla . (Oh my gosh. I am sorry people. My little brother was messing up my computer! Just so you know I like to learn about Tutankhamen. My name is Isac Tielly Umana. My brother is Kolunis Teses Umana)

  • Rachael Petrime

    I found this article interesting. I would love to see a mummy.

  • Anthony Aquino

    Saw this exhibit in San Diego and these articles are awesome. To see some of these things in person was truly a once and a lifetime opportunity that provides a level of understanding that reading just can’t.

  • Nathan Beauchemin

    Learning about King Tut was my very first delve into Egyptology, amazing how 3 milleniums of grave robbers left King Tut undisturbed. I would say if only the Old Kingdom thought up the Valley of Kings sooner, but then we wouln’t have the Pyramids of Giza.

  • nate haller

    I found it a cool read to find out how he rose to power at a young age and then died so young but he is still one of the best known Egyptian leader. but I wonder why they did not go in until a few weeks later than going in right when they discovered the tomb.

  • Emma Mitchell

    It is interesting that he was so young when he reigned and died, though I sometimes find it odd that people know his name better than other Egyptian rulers who played a bigger part in the development of the kingdom.

  • Josh Browning

    That must have been a great feeling when you discover something like that. Carters discover changed our thinking about Egypt and gave us so much inight on their way of life.

  • Bailey DiMenna

    King Tut has also been an interesting topic to me. I find it fascinating that held so much power at such a young age (even though he did, in fact, have some advisers). The discovery of his tomb is undoubtably a huge historical finding.

  • J L

    Read it 🙂

  • R. Hammel

    I think the Egyptian time is so fascinating. This would have been a neat finding.

  • E. Parker

    I am confused by the part in the article where it says the discovery was made over one hundred years ago, but Carter looked in a few weeks later in 1922. How long did he wait to look inside? The wait must have been torture, but Carter was clearly pleased, as his response indicates. What an amazing find from ancient Egypt!

  • z h

    I found it very interesting that he was so young of age when he took power

  • haylay cripple

    It is interesting how important it was and what it meant to historians by finding Tuts tomb. Mainly because it was based on such a short reign and at such a young age.

  • Cheyenne Johnson

    I found it interesting that he was only about 9 or 10 when he came to power and died at only 18. I also wonder if it is possible that he was assassinated? And if so, why?

  • MN

    Interesting, but why exactly did it take so long for him to be discovered?

  • Anthony Jones

    It is interesting to see what a large impact a man made on today’s society given the small amount of time he was in power.

  • Madison Ertle

    It is crazy to think that it took them so long to discover King Tuts tomb and it makes you wonder if there could still be places they have not discovered yet or if they have missed anything else during there other discoveries! Also, it is impressive that he was so young and had that much power!

  • Allison S

    I am always fascinated by how the ancient Egyptians perceived death. Creating a tomb made of gold, surrounding it with lavish gifts, and creating a “Book of the Dead” to ensure peace in the afterlife are all things that demonstrate how serious they were about it. A beautiful and mysterious practice.

  • LW

    My first question is, why did he not go in the tomb sooner? But his findings are amazing! I would love to see that mask in person.

  • Robert Richmond

    Would love to see the tomb.

  • TR

    I do not really see the significance of King Tut, other than he was such a young ruler. To my knowledge, he didn’t do my great things. He was probably just a figure head and was controlled by others. It is remarkable, however, that his tomb remained almost unscathed for so long. His tomb was truly a great discovery and helped us learn a lot about that time period.

  • AB

    It’s amazing how much of an impression someone can leave behind after passing at such a young age. He did more before he was 18 than I have at 20.

  • K. Sandor

    I’ve always been fascinated by the King Tut, so this was definitely an interesting read.

  • N. Mills

    It’s very fortunate that a part of the Egyptian culture was to mummify and preserve everything. If not for this i’m sure it would have been much more difficult to know anything about their culture and history.

  • jkidd

    I wonder how he died. If there wasn’t foul play involved.

  • DSciury

    I think its interesting that he died so young into his reign, I personally believe it was from assassination as other government leaders wouldnt want to be ruled by a kid. It also makes me wonder what other wonders could be stored away in these pyraminds

  • katrina s

    King Tut is so interesting, becoming a ruler at such a young age and then dying young too. It would be so neat to see all the things that got buried with him and to discover his tomb (although probably very creepy too).

  • Tessa Baker

    I didn’t know his name meaning that he is the living image of the god Amun. It’s also interesting that they don’t know how he died, but some assume that it was assassination.

  • Tammy T.

    It must have been fascinating to find Tut’s tomb! Also, I can’t imagine a nine year old with so much power.. Crazy!

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  • MMA

    King Tut was very young which shocked me that someone so young ruled. It also shocked me that he died at such a young age although the article did say it could have been an assassination, I am with the question did many die at young age at the period in time? Also curious as to the fact that Tut could be the result of incest, did that happen a lot throughout history? If so why was it such a common thing?

  • Paul Wellman

    King Tut is one of the most renown Pharaohs of Egypt. Strange that he is so well known even though he didn’t have many great accomplishments as pharaoh.

  • Mark Smithhisler

    I find the theological shifts from polytheism, to a sort of monotheism, and back to polytheism very interesting, yet they leave me with more questions. What was the reasoning behind Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s shift from the typical Egyptian polytheism to worship of the sun disk, Aten. Were there cultural or political motivations for doing so? Why, then, would Tutankhamun have switched back to worship of many gods? At such a young age, there must have been outside influences bearing upon the young king to make such a shift from what his father instituted.

  • SRP

    I found this article to be very interesting. I can not believe how young he was when he gained power. I also find it interesting that he died at such a young ago. It raises question to me if someone wanted him out or not. Overall I think that it would be amazing to find an ancient tomb and go through.

  • Megan Arrendale

    I think it is cool how he has left his imprint this long being that he was only about 9 when he ascended the throne and was only king for such a short time. I think it would be fascinating to see first hand how they lived in ancient Egypt.

  • SydneyK

    Learning about King Tut is actually sad because of his brief rise to the throne and his death by possible assassination. At least he was honored with a beautiful tomb filled with many priceless gifts.

  • Matt M

    First I could not imagine having that much power as 9 year old kid and having a whole empire look at you for guidance. I also find it interesting that no one knows how this emperor died. And lastly its impressive that this tomb was found intact thousands of years later

  • Alexa B

    The fact that King Tut ruled at such a young age is particularly interesting to me. It makes me wonder if he really ever had any say during his short reign because of his young age. Another mystery is his death whether he was assassinated or if it was an accident. Being the King I’m sure there were people who were not a fan of him, but he was only a child. King Tut’s death is something I find extremely interesting.

  • Sarah Shaheen

    I think its crazy how short of a life he lived. and how young he was when he rose to power

  • Mariam

    I find it interesting that King Tut is ranked higher than Nefertiti although he was not a part of making important decisions alone. Makes me wonder if he is highly ranked because of his accomplishments or is it because his discovery was so magnificent.

  • Emily Seiter

    I find the contrast of King Tut’s importance to be very interesting. Since he was merely a boy ruler and only ruled for 10 years, in terms of significant and great rulers he was not one of them. But because Carter found his tomb in tact- and everything in there had not been looted or touched since his burial; he is perhaps the most important King to us in present day. I wonder if looters did not look for his tomb because they were unaware of his existence or perhaps believed that it would not be that grand. I wonder if Carter had found one of the Great Kings tombs if it would have been more extravagant then Tut’s tomb, if that is even possible.

  • Cori Anter

    Although Tut’s reign was short lived, it is so fascinating the way they could mummify him and keep his remains in a somewhat good state. I find it so amazing that through a single tomb so many artifacts were found, and that through these artifacts so much about Egyptian culture was discovered. Although Tut was not at a mature age when he became ruler and was not considered a rather historical figure until this discovery, he will forever be remembered in history for the work others did to mummify him and rest his remains within a tomb in such a successful manner.

  • Matthew Barnewall

    I found it interesting that the King of Egypt would have his name changed after the death of this father simply because of the religious context of the name.

  • Amber Duncan

    King Tut seems pretty chill. It would be cool as hell to be a ruler at 18! But I would not want to die so young.

  • David Crowley

    All of the valuable artifacts that were found in King Tut’s tomb were marvelous. The fact that the archeologist who discovered this documented them so thoroughly is very interesting. It took him years to do this and the careful care that was taken is something for future archeologists to consider.

  • JV

    This article is very interesting, but its unfortunate that they are unable to discover his mysterious cause of death.

  • rpugliese16

    Interesting, I never knew that he had changed his name, although I’m sure people would still be calling him Tut either way.

  • Clayton Cassidy

    When I think of Egyptian pharaohs the first thing that comes to mind is King Tut. I really enjoyed this article because it offered information that I have never learned of in my previous history courses. One new piece of information that I enjoyed was the origin of Kind Tuts name, Tutankhamun, as being the living image of the god Amun. It is crazy to think that he made have had disabilities due to being the result of incest by his parents. I couldn’t imagine being a pharaoh and taking on such responsibility at such a young age!

  • Zachary Zupancic

    Little to my knowledge did I really know that King Tut was 1) most likely conceived through incest 2) died under some unsure circumstances (murder). But King Tut is also the most famous emperor in my mind, most likely due to Carter’s findings. Watching the videos in class where we got to see first hand reactions, I got a sense of just how incredible it would have been to be there. Finding Tut’s tomb also allowed us to gain more insight into what life was like during these times.

  • Tevin Knerr

    Its so interesting how we are unsure of his death. There is still many things so learn im sure !

  • Charles Lalli

    It’s incredible that Tut took power so young and created such a massive impact on the world. The mystery surrounding his death is certainly fascinating.

  • Branden Nau

    If someone today was 9/10 and in charge of the country, no one would respect them. Back then, everyone listened to this child. That is insane to think that someone so young had so much power. Then to still die young at such a young age. Odd.

  • Andrew Orie

    It is crazy to think that he is probably the most recognizable Egyptian leader of all time, and yet he had a very short rein.

  • Greg B

    This article focuses on Tut’s father which is interesting because not much is written about him. The way he worshiped the gods impacted Tut and gave him a model to follow.

  • APG

    Reading this made me remember hearing news when it first came out when some museum employees broke the damn mask. You can never be too careful when it comes to significant archaeological findings that were one of the biggest discoveries of almost any time. These men would be ashamed to see that not even 100 years after the finding we’ve already damaged one of the most distinctive ancient findings ever.

  • Max Bechara

    A young ruler that died at such a young age unknowingly caused so much excavation,exploration, and research just to find his body many years later, so cool.

  • mmahoney17

    I did not know that Tutankhamen meant “the living Aten,” or that he may have been the product of incest, though this was a common practice with royalty.

  • Marlene Villa

    It is truly fascinating how the ancient Egyptians created such an elaborate burial place not only for King Tut but for other pharaohs as well. It must have been such an awe striking moment when Carter finally saw the young pharaoh’s tomb. One of my goals is to visit all these wonderful sites in Egypt.

  • Jonathan Beard

    I found it interesting that King Tut’s father tried to focus worship on the sun disk Aten, and how that was more monotheistic compared to most Egyptians worship many Gods or are polytheistic.

  • Kevin

    It would be nice to know how he actually died!

  • Frankie Alvarez

    It’s insane how prominent an 18 year old king is to history. The story of his discovery is also awesome as well, can’t imagine being in Carter’s position seeing Tut’s tomb.

  • Joe Kleinmann

    What astonishes me more than anything about these stories, is how young leaders of such large nations were! I understand these were vastly different times, but I cannot help but think that there must have been a level of maturity deficit in leaders such as Tut based on his age.

  • Liam Flaherty

    I found it interesting that Tut lived during such a time of religious upheaval, and that he actually changed his name to suit the distinct religious periods.

  • Ben

    I actually got to see the King Tut exhibit in Philadelphia nine years ago. There was so much to see. I wish I could go back. I remember that the exhibit did not contain Tutankhamun’s iconic gold death mask, however, since the Egyptian government desired to keep it in Egypt for fear of its potentially breaking during travel. But due to recent happenings, maybe it’s safe to say that it would be safer somewhere else!