The Treasure of King Tutankhamen


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The Treasure of King Tutankhamen

The most famous of all the kings found in the Valley of the Kings was Tutankhamen, also known as King Tut. The discovery of his tomb in 1922 by the British archaeologist Howard Carter amazed the scientific world with it treasures.

It took a decade to catalogue, remove and conserve the thousands of items in King Tut’s small tomb. Of course the biggest treasure found within the tomb was not made of gold or contained precious gems, not the ancient ruler’s gold crown, carved dagger or the massive gold and cloisonné necklace, it was the pristine mummy of an Egyptian king, lying intact in his original burial sarcophagus. Tutankhamen became pharaoh when he was only about nine years old. King Tut’s was not a reign distinguished by great conquests or domestic achievement, but in Tutankhamen’s death he has reached more fame then any of his contemporaries.

Of the tomb's priceless artifacts many of the approximately 5,000 Egyptian artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb are now on display on an entire second floor of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The tomb itself has not been emptied of all its treasures. King Tut the only pharaoh that still resides in the Valley of the Kings still lies in his sarcophagus in the tomb's burial chamber, hidden from view inside the outermost of three coffins.

The boy king died in his late teens and remained at rest for over 3300 years. King Tut died in mid-January, 1343 B.C. It was thought that an official murdered Tutankhamen, only a person of great importance could be allowed near him. This was thought because of an X-ray analysis by the anatomy department of the University of Liverpool. It revealed that the king might have died from a blow to the back of his head. A new X-ray analysis has cast doubt on that theory, this time suggesting that Tutankhamen may have been murdered in his sleep. New theories have been formulated upon an examination that was conducted by a trauma specialist at Long Island University, USA, "The blow was to a protected area at the back of the head which you don't injure in an accident, someone had to sneak up from behind," said the specialist. These early suggestions that the pharaoh was murdered are still argued over by many scientists even as the newest CAT scan shows that what was thought to be a head wound was actually resin from the embalming process.

The scans show that the boy king was 5-foot-6 and evidence of a broken ankle, several fractured ribs, an impacted wisdom tooth and a dislocated left knee. With each current generation and with modernistic technology being developed with each new day the mysteries only seem to get deeper for our young King Tutankhamen and how he met with his demise.

King Tutankhamen’s tomb gave the world a unique opportunity to learn more of the life of King Tut and still allows us to learn more about this essential period in Egyptian history and the Valley of the Kings.

King Tutankhamen still lies in his tomb; the tomb has been subjected to intense visitation by tourists. Unfortunately, human presence in the tomb may have accelerated deteriorations in the treasures within the walls of his tomb, including fissures in the wall face and flaking paint including darkening patches on the paintings surface. These problems have required the tomb to recently close its doors to the public. Now only his mysteries and treasures remain available to us.

The Treasure of King Tutankhamen

The Treasure of King Tutankhamen

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