This day in history

king-tut-coffin Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Stock

Today in 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first people in King Tutankhamen’s tomb in over 3,000 years. On November 23rd, they had broken through the outer mud-brick door and discovered that grave robbers had entered the tomb long over 3,000 years ago. On November 26th, they entered through another door of the antechamber of King Tut’s tomb and it was so dusty that they could see the footprints of the grave robbers but surmised that the grave robbers had entered the tomb shortly after the young Pharaoh was buried and the robbers had been captured. When the archeologists entered the tomb, they discovered that the tomb had not been pillaged as they previously thought.

King Tutankhamen was the last pharaoh of the Amarna dynasty. His name originally was Tutankhaten since the Amarna era was the 1st time in Egyptian history that they became a monotheistic religion. King Tut’s father made the empire shift from the many gods they had to believe only in the god, Aten. Once King Tut came into power and realized that in order to win the affection of his people, he let the people once again worship the old gods and changed his name from –aten to –amen for the god Amun-Ra.

The young Tutankhamen became king was he was still a child but mysteriously died when he was only 18. Archeologists speculate that he was died abroad which is why he was embalmed improperly for an Egyptian.

Want to learn more about this fascinating king and his culture? Stop by your Richard Burges library to check out our selection of Ancient Egyptian history! We even have books on how to read hieroglyphics.

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