Nov 4, 2009 – Statues of young Tutankhamen found in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt – Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images
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- What are the chances an Egyptian king would spend over 100 years in a Niagara Falls sideshow?
Pretty good, actually
- On this day in 1922, a tomb was discovered that contained the treasures of an ancient king.
What waited for the explorers in the gleaming dark?
- Howard Carter discovered him, Steve Martin sang about him…
Who was he?
- Where was the most desirable and exclusive address for Egyptian kings.
They were dying to get in
Tutankhamun (1341 BC – 1323 BC) was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled 1333 BC – 1324 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. His original name, Tutankhaten, means “Living Image of Aten”, while Tutankhamun means “Living Image of Amun”. Often the name Tutankhamun was written Amen-tut-ankh, meaning “living image of Amun”, due to scribal custom which most often placed the divine name at the beginning of the phrase in order to honor the divine being. He is possibly also the Nibhurrereya of the Amarna letters. He was likely the 18th dynasty king ‘Rathotis’ who, according to Manetho, an ancient historian, had reigned for nine years — a figure which conforms with Flavius Josephus’s version of Manetho’s Epitome.
The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun’s intact tomb received worldwide press coverage and sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun’s burial mask remains the popular face.