King Tut Essay, Research Paper
TOMB OF TUTANKHAMUN
The most famous Egyptian pharaoh today is, King Nebkheperuru
Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun is also known as King Tut. The name
“Tutankhamun” is derived from hieroglyphics which means “Living Image of
Amun.” He was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, he also was the son in law
of Akhenaton. Tutankhamun was not a important King, he is well known because of
his tomb, containing beautiful treasures. King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s tomb
was discovered by an British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in
King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun lived over 3,300 years ago. The period he
lived in was called the New Kingdom. During this period the Egyptians were
worshipping multiple gods. Amenhotep had abolished this belief and had
established a new order to worship the sun god Aten, which then he changed his
name to Akhenaten, meaning “servant of the Aten.” A new religion and capital
was established in Thebes. His new city was called Akhetaten, meaning “Horizon of
the Aten.” Akhenaten and his wife, Nefertiti had six daughters, and no one to be
the next pharaoh. Ankhesenpaaten was one of the daughters of Akhenaten and
Nefertiti. Ankhesenpaaten married Tutankhamun. After the death of Akhenaten,
Tutankhamun became the next pharaoh at age 9. Since he became a pharaoh at
such a young age, he was not able to make decisions. Ay who was the father of
Nefertiti and Horemheb who was the commander in chief of the army was in charge.
Tutankhamun was taught many skills when he was young. He spent most of his
years in the palaces of Akhenaten, he was tutored in reading and writing. King
Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun unfortunately died at the age of 18. There is partial
evidence that King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun might have died of an accident
falling off his horse or perhaps he was murdered. King Nebkheperuru
Tutankhamun burial arrangements lasted 70 days.
King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun Tomb was located in the Valley of the
Kings in Luxar Egypt. Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered King
Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s Tomb, his tomb contained the most beautiful
treasures. It is said that it was a magnificent collection of Egyptian art. King
Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun treasures are displayed in the Egyptian Museum in
Cairo. King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun Tomb contained more than 5000 items.
Although it was robbed at least twice right after King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun
was buried, but most of the kings treasure was still there.
The most beautiful piece found in King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s
Tomb is his coffin made of solid gold. It is 74” long, 20”wide and 20” high. King
Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun was shown as Osiris holding the crook and flail. This
was the traditional symbol that meant kingship. Another famous item of King
Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun is the funerary mask. This also was made of solid
gold and was inlaid with lapis, lazuli, cornelian, quartz, obsidian, turquoise and
colored glass. King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s Tomb contained a set of
Canopic containers. The calcite Canopic chest that had stoppers in the form of the
king. There was four canopic coffins for King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun. In
addition to everything else found in King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s Tomb
was the inlaid circlet that was found on the kings head. King Nebkheperuru
Tutankhamun’s outer golden shrine had standing figures dressed in Amarna style
that represented the four goddesses Isis, Nepthhys, Neit and Selket. And just inside
the entrance of the king was a figure of Anubis in the form of a jackal.
Egyptians were probably one of the most important ancient civilizations of
all time. They were definitely best known for their mummies and pyramids. The
discovery of King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun was one of the worlds best
discoveries. This discovery was actually a miracle, the British archaeologists were
so close to not finding King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s tomb, but it’s a good
thing they did. King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun’s tomb is absolutely a
remarkable sight and the Kings treasures are so detailed and beautiful. Its
incredible how the ancient Egyptian did all these things.
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