King Tutankhamen, popularly known as "King Tut," died when he was around 19 years old. At the time of his death, he had ruled over Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years.
No one is certain of the exact cause of King Tutankhamen's death, but scholars know that the young royal was physically frail. In addition to a club foot, he had an infection in his left leg, which was broken, and suffered multiple bouts of malaria infection. Since pharaohs tended to marry their family members, genetic problems caused by inbreeding may have contributed to his early death. Though scholars initially believed that a hole in the back of his skull was evidence of foul play, research in 2005 indicates that embalmers made the hole during mummification.Learn More
King Tut is the popular name of Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh who reigned from approximately 1332 BC to 1323 B.C. King Tut became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1920s when his almost perfectly intact tomb was discovered by Egyptologist Howard Carter. The tomb housed Tutankhamun’s well-preserved, mummified body as well as extraordinary riches and funerary objects. The discovery led to worldwide surge of interest in ancient Egypt.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
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 >
Tutankhamen, commonly known as King Tut, died in Egypt circa 1323 B.C., but the exact date is unknown. In 1922, archaeologists discovered his tomb, which contained his mummified remains and thousands of artifacts.Full Answer >