November 29, 2013

On this day November 29th...

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On November 29, 1922 archaeologists announce they have found fabulous treasures in the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt.

Tutankhamen was pharaoh during the Egyptian period of the New Kingdom. Descending from the eighteenth dynasty, he became pharaoh at the age of nine and his rule lasted for approximately ten years. Worshipped as a god, he had an devoted following, which is reflected in the temples that were built in his honor in as far away as Kawa and Faras in Nubia. Although an inscription signaled that Tutankhamen was the son of a king, his parentage is unknown. During his reign, Tutankhamen attempted to undo what the previous pharaoh had decreed. He lifted the ban that had been placed on deities and temples and restored privilege to the priesthood. He also tried to restore diplomatic relations with other kingdoms, but was less successful in this regard.

The cause of Tutankhamen's death is still unknown. It has caused much speculation since he died at around the age of nineteen. Murder is a popular theory and those who have been suspected of being responsible include his wife, his immediate successor, Ay, or his chariot driver. Despite these speculations, no evidence has been found that confirms the cause of his death. Tutankhamen was buried in a tomb that was relatively small given his status, but since his death might have occurred unexpectedly, he may have been buried in a tomb that was intended for someone of lesser importance.

Tutankhamen was relatively unknown to historians of ancient history until his tomb was discovered in the twentieth century. On 29 November 1922, a team of archaeologists announced that numerous gold treasures were found in Tutankhamen's tomb, which could all be used to provide greater insight into the history of Egypt during the New Kingdom. Many of these treasures are on display at the Cairo museum in Egypt.

References
•       Andrews, M. Tomb of Tutankhamen. Tour Egypt [online] Available at: touregypt.net [Accessed 24 November 2009]
•       Tutankhamen [online] Available at: egyptologyonline.com [Accessed 24 November 2009]
•       Tutankhamen, King of Egypt (1336-1327 BC). British Museum. [online] Available at:britishmuseum.org [Accessed 24 November 2009]

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