King Tut is short for King
Tutankhamen. His name is actually pronounced like this: Toot-ong-kah-men.
King Tut was only Pharaoh for about 9 years. Yet he is probably one
of the most famous pharaohs of all.
Tut was nine years old when he became Pharaoh. He was a
teenager when he died. His people did not have time in nine years to
built a huge tomb for him. They had to quickly finish a tiny tomb.
Because his tomb was so small, archaeologists and grave robbers did
not discover it until many thousands of years later.
was not until 1922 that Howard Carter, a British archaeologist,
entered Tut's tomb. He found a bag of gold rings dropped on the
floor. But it might have fallen accidentally. If robbers had been
there, they did not take very much. There was still a solid gold
mask on King Tut's face. The tomb was full of treasures.
over the modern world, ancient Egypt was the hot topic of
conversation. Movies were made. Jewelry was created. Clothing was
sewn using Egyptian designs. This interest generated funding, which
helped archaeologists continue to discover more about this
fascinating ancient civilization.
Egypt - Tut Tut
Tomb Adventure (bbc)
- Beneath the Mask
Killed King Tut? Cast your Vote! (interactive)