King Tut

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King Tutankhamun

Introduction

King Tutankhamun was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty who ruled from1333 BC – 1324 BC, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. He is the most recognized and probably the most famous pharaoh today because of the discovery of his tomb and his treasures. King Tut’s tomb was a major discovery of the 19th century. It was a phenomenal discovery that made headlines across the world. Up until the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, it was believed that all royal tombs had been robbed and drained of their treasure.

The Discovery Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings KV62 on November 4, 1922 by the British Egyptologist Howard Carter. The Tomb was discovered near
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An American lawyer, Theodore M. Davis was most famous for his work excavating Egypt’s Valley of the Kings between 1889 and 1912. Notable members of his team included Edward R. Ayrton, James E. Quibell, Arthur Weigall, Harry Burton, and Howard Carter. Also there would have been many local Egyptians that would have helped with the excavation as well a Photographers and film crews documenting the event.

Significant of the Discovery

The discovery of Tutankhamun is significant because it renewed interest in all things Egyptian in the modern world Tutankhamun seems to have faded from public consciousness in ancient Egypt within a short time after his death, and he remained virtually unknown until the early 20th century. The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of his intact tomb received worldwide press coverage and sparked a renewed public interest in Ancient Egypt, of which Tutankhamun remains the popular face. Tutankhamun is the world's best known pharaoh, partly because his tomb is among the best preserved, and his image and associated artifacts the most exhibited. In historical terms, Tutankhamun is of only moderate significance. Jon Manchip White is a writer how stated in his forward to the 1977 edition of Carter's The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, "The pharaoh who in life was one of the least esteemed of Egypt's kings has become in death the most renowned."

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