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  • Tutankhamen Rule:18th Dynasty: 1334-1325 BC
    Other spellingsKing Tut
    Predecessor:Step Mother Nefertiti (Smenkhkara)?
    Nomen:Birth name: Tutankhamen: Living Image of Amun
    Praenomen:Throne name: Nebkheperure: The lord of manifestations is Ra
    Consorts:He married his half sister Ankhesenamun the daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti
    Capital City:Thebes
    Reign:- He was the son of Akhenaten and succeeded to the throne after a brief reign by Nefertiti (Smenkhkara)?
    - He was only nine years old when crowned, and obviously took the throne with the help of advisors and chancellors, including his Vizier Ay, and the chief officer of state Horemheb
    They controlled affairs, successfully stemming the tide of dissolution that had threatened to engulf the kingdom under Akhenaten, due to his radical religious reforms
    Tutankhamen's chancellors ended the monotheism of Aten, and restored the cult of Amun
    Thus, the young Pharaoh who was first known as Tutankhaten, changed his name to Tutankhamen
    They also abandoned the new capital Akhetaten, and returned to Thebes, which was Amun's cult center
    Burial:- The undisturbed tomb of Tutankhamen was found in 1922 by Howard Carter and the earl of Carnarvon in the Valley of Kings KV 62.
    - Its great wealth of objects which included 5000 pieces of golden jewelry, afforded a new store of knowledge on Egyptian sculpture and life of the 18th Dynasty.
    - The coffin was made of solid gold, weighs 110.4 kg and is 188 cm in length. It contained the mummy of the young Pharaoh, covered by the famous golden mask and wearing a golden collar
    - His body was elaborately dressed for the afterlife journey, perfumed with spices and surrounded with food and wine
    Successor:Tutankhamen died young with no sons at the age of 18, his Vizier Ay succeeded him
    • When Howard Carter and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon , discovered the burial site of Tutankhamen, mysterious things began to occur. Many of the archaeologists that entered the tomb got ill and died
    • During the 1920's, more than two dozen of these men died shortly after entering King Tut's tomb.
    • This was the beginning of the curse of King Tut, that gained most of its publicity by the media
    • Howard Carter's pet was killed by a cobra right after discovering King Tut's tomb.
    • In 1923, Lord Carnarvon was bitten by a mosquito on the cheek. got infected and died, and at that exact moment all the lights in Cairo mysteriously went out.
    • The morning that Lord Carnarvon died his dog began to howl and then all of a sudden died.
    • In 1986 a French doctor, Caroline Stenger-Phillip, found an explanation for the deaths. He stated that it was very likely the food in the tomb grew mold and formed organic dust particles that had a high allergenic potency. He claimed that the archaeologists had an allergic reaction after breathing in these particles which led to their death