Life of King Tut
In the Tomb of Tut
Howard Carter and his backer Lord Carnavon
standing by the wall leading to the intact burial chamber of King Tut.
Tut's coffin before the initial unveiling of his mummy.
Ironically, our greatest royal treasure from ancient Egypt comes from a short lived boy
king. King Tutankhamun was not even in the same category of achievement as the great
Egyptian kings such as Khufu (builder of the Great Pyramid), Amenhotep III (prolific
builder of temples and statuary throughout Egypt), or Ramesses II (prolific builder and
usurper), in terms of the length of his reign or the depth of his accomplishments.
Indeed, it is his little known status that contributed to the successful
hiding of his tomb, which was covered over by a later pharaoh who was clearing away an
area in which to cut his own tomb.
On November 26, 1922, Howard Carter made archaeological history
by unearthing the first Egyptian pharaonic tomb that still contained most of its
treasures. Still, even this tomb had been robbed in antiquity, although the the robbery
attempt was apparently thwarted before the thieves could make away with most of the
mummy of an Egyptian king, laying intact in his original burial furniture.
This tomb also yielded something else that had never been found in modern history - the
Thus, Tut's tomb gives us a unique opportunity to explore the
life of King Tut and allows us to learn more about this essential period in New Kingdom
Here are links to information about King Tut, available over the Internet.
Be sure to check out the actual entries from Howard Carter's journal
which are included for your enjoyment.
Anatomy of an Excavation
FINALLY! The long awaited online electronic publication of Howard Carter's
records of the excavation of the tomb of King Tut! Brought to you by the
Learn more about King Tut including his tomb, his name and his
Who Killed King Tutankhamen
Here's an article that speculates on the cause of the
death of King Tut
Tutankhamun Boy King
Here's another nice presentation by Anthony DiPaolo, featuring
info about Tut's attendants, death of the king, discovery of his tomb and more!
The Tomb of Tutankhamun
Learn about the discovery and preservation of Tut's tomb.
Eighteenth Dynasty: King
Enjoy viewing some of the treasures from Tut's tomb
through this virtual museum site.
The Death of
A concise accounting of the life and death of King Tut
including some history about the timeframe in which he lived.
The Diaries of Howard Carter
Check out this two part installment of the journal of Howard Carter around the time of
his discovery of Tut's tomb.
October 28 - December 31, 1922
January 1 - May 31, 1923
Steve Martin - King Tut
If you have Real Audio or Real Player, you can enjoy this clip of Steve Martin's silly
song dedicated to King Tut! You can see a transcript of the words
Eye of Horus
Made of gold and inlaid lapis, this piece
was a pectoral amulet, worn around the neck.
Here's one of the forms of horus as seen on
another beautiful inlaid pectoral amulet.
This beautiful gold covered statue of the
god Ptah has a blue faience cap and a gilded bronze scepter .
This is the scene on the throne of King Tut depicting King Tut
with his queen Ankhesenamun.