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Thursday, January 13, 2011

King Tut!

What anyone would give to see the truth life of King Tut. Imagine being able to sit down in a stone carved chair with someone who ruled over 3,000 years ago. In your hand is a scroll of questions that will unveil all that you yearn to know. With intense research and technology, some secrets and truth are laid out about the different leaders, economy and way of life, but the more we know, the more questions surface about Ancient Egypt and the most iconic leader of the Egyptians.
King Tut for short, King Tutankhamen, if you have the lung capacity to get that all out! He took hold of the reigns at the age of 10 and stayed in power, until his death at the age of 19 in 1323 B.C.
We know that he was around 5’7”, had two children (both stillborn), married his half sister, and brought changes to the Egyptian economy and religion. When King Tut took power, his father would only allow the worship of one God. King Tut said “no” to that, and brought back ways to worship many Gods. He also moved the capital to Thebes, which was a big adjustment for people and met with disdain. Both of these changes combined, make some researchers believe the cause of his death was murder.
New research that came out in February of last year dispels this and says that the cause of his death was due to malaria and an infection he manifested through a broken leg. Either way here comes the scroll… How did he break his leg? Why was there a fracture in his skull that led many to believe he was killed? What was it like to be in the highest point of human power at the age of 10?
The artifacts of the tomb are 3,000 years old and travel through out the country. Denver’s exhibit has moved on, but there is still plenty to learn from the discoveries Howard Carter made in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings in Northern Africa, where King Tut’s mummy still rests. The artifacts found teach you about the lifestyle, craftsmanship and religion of a dynasty that was in existence for nearly 200 years. You see it in the creativity of the board games and the detail inscribed in statues and jewelry. Some ways of life couldn’t be simpler, and some could not be more extravagant.
King Tut remains so prominent because his tomb is the only that has been found nearly untouched. Robbers overtook the areas and grabbed hold of anything they could get their hands on. King Tut’s people had an idea or two about security, and while they couldn’t keep his tomb from being reached, they locked it up with four layers that would required some modern day tools to get into. King Tut was found covered with a gold headpiece that has easily become the most recognized icon of the Egyptians and inside were over 100 artifacts they believed would enrich his afterlife.
King Tut might have had a black mark from the rulers to come and even some of society, but the discovery of his tomb and leadership makes him the most renowned Egyptian leader in our present day society and societies to come.

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