The Child King
He was only 8 or 9 years old when he began his rule of Egypt, according to historians. Because of his youth, much of the decision-making was made by a pair of senior advisers, likely to have been Ay, the father of Nefertiti, and Horemheb, an army commander.
Buried Surrounded by Treasures
His golden coffin was buried in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, surrounded by 5,000 priceless treasures. This area has been a focus of archaeological and Egyptological exploration since the end of the 18th century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest.
King Tut’s Death Was an Accident
The speculation was that the boy king died at 19 from a blow to the head at the hands of a jealous rival. Studies by experts more recently have concluded that the damage to his skull likely came during the embalming process. That leaves a burning question: How did King Tut die? A 2005 study indicated that he broke his leg and developed an infection. One hypothesis is that he fell off a chariot while hunting, breaking his leg. Further, 2010 DNA testing suggested that Tutankhamen had malaria, exacerbating the leg infection that caused him to fall. These theories are not confirmed. There is also the speculation that he was felled by an enraged hippopotamus.
King Tut’s DNA Is Closest to Sub-Saharan Africans
DNATribes, a genomics company that specializes in tracing individuals’ ancestry to certain global populations, tested the published STRs profiles (DNA samples) of Tutankhamen and family. Their researchers reported that the closest living relatives of Tut and the mummies of his family members are sub-Saharan Africans, especially those from Southern Africa and the Great Lakes region.
No Curse of King Tut
George Herbery, the financial backer of archaeologist Howard Carter, who uncovered the treasures of the boy king’s tomb, died four months after he and Carter entered the tomb in November 1922. Immediately, journalists called the blood clot from an infected mosquito bite that caused his death the “mummy’s curse.” That created a flurry of reports of sudden deaths of others who had visited the tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Turns out, those reports were contrived by reporters who claimed they saw an inscription about a curse outside the tomb. Further, scientists in 2002 examined the survival rates of 44 Westerners who had been in Egypt during Carter’s excavation, concluding that they were not at elevated risk of dying early.
Tutankhamen Held Traditional Religious Beliefs
King Tut’s legacy is not steeped in a lot of events. He was, however, at the head of one major change. He reversed unpopular religious perspectives of his father, Akhenaten, who considered the god Aten to be Egypt’s most important deity and encouraged his worship above all others. He also transferred the Egyptian capital from Thebes to a new site devoted to Aten. His son restored the god Amun to his former glory and moved the capital back to Thebes. He abandoned his original name, Tutankhaten (“living image of Aten”), for Tutankhamen (“living image of Amun”).
King Tut Was Not Alone in His Tomb
Carter traveled deeper into the pharaoh’s tomb and discovered a lot: two small coffins that contained a pair of fetuses, both thought to be his children. One is thought to be his stillborn daughter and the other his offspring, too. It is believed by experts that he had no heirs, as he and his wife/half-sister could only conceive offspring with fatal congenital disorders. Also in the tomb, Carter found, were ritual jewelry, small boats representing the journey to the netherworld, gold figurines and a shrine for his embalmed organs.
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