King Tut was buried in the Valley of the Kings, a barren desert valley on the west side of the Nile near Luxor, or Thebes. His tomb is KV 62, an Egyptological numeric designation.Know More
Rubble from Ramesses V's and Ramesses VI's tombs buried the door to King Tut's tomb and helped disguise it from robbers. The Ramesside tomb's entry tunnel overlaid Tut's tomb, further hiding it, and nearby Horemheb's tomb probably also contributed to the overlying rubble.
Evidence suggests King Tut's burial was hurried. Paintings in his tomb are large and relatively unadorned, and splotches on the paint indicate it wasn't dry when the tomb was sealed. Carelessly embalmed, it appears that Tut's body combusted in the tomb, which is evidence of improper drying.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
King Tut's close confidant Ay succeeded him to the throne. King Ay rose through the ranks of civil and military service until he became king. His reign was short, lasting only from 1323 to 1319 BCE.Full Answer >
King Tut married his half-sister Ankhesenamun at the age of 9. While early Egyptian pharaohs married members of the local nobility to strengthen their political ties, later rulers frequently married their sisters or half-sisters to maintain the purity of the royal house. Akhenaten, King Tut's father, married his own daughters.Full Answer >
King Tut, whose real name was Tutankhaten, was born around 1341 B.C. in Egypt to King Akhenaten, Tutankhaten, meaning "the living image of Aten," was named after the only god his father allowed the people of Egypt to worship.Full Answer >
Some of King Tutankhamun's major accomplishments during his reign over Egypt involved reversing most of the policies that his father, King Akhenaten, had set. Most noticeably, Tutankhamun's regents reversed the decree of worshipping only Aten in favor of returning to the traditional polytheistic belief in multiple Egyptian gods.Full Answer >