| King Tutankhamun |
|Age||Aproximately 1341 BC – 1323 BC.|
|Status||Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom.|
|Culture||Egyptian culture believed the body was home in the afterlife to a person’s Ka, Ba and Akh, without which it would be condemned to eternal wandering.|
|Date(s)||1341 BC – 1323 BC.|
|Site||Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings (where he still resides) was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 almost completely intact — the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found.|
King Tut was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, in power from approximately 1332 to 1323 B.C.E. During his reign, powerful advisers restored the traditional Egyptian religion, which had been set aside by his father, Akhenaten, who had led the "Amarna Revolution." After his death at age 19, he disappeared from history, until the discovery of his tomb in 1922. Since then, studies of his tomb and remains have revealed much information about his life and times. Tutankhamun was 9 years old when he became pharaoh and reigned for approximately 10 years, until his death.
The mummification process lasted for a period of 70 days, applied to all classes of Egyptians – rich or poor. The 70-day mummification process was as follows: 15 days spent on cleansing and purification, 40 day drying period and 15 days wrapping and bandaging. Tutankhamun has become one of the most famous Egyptian mummies, his death mask becoming one of the most iconic images of the world today.
The cause of Tutankhamun’s death is unclear and is still the root of much speculation.