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King Tutankhamen by John R King Tutankhamen-served as king of Egypt from about 1347 BC until his death in 1339 BC His reign was unimportant but interest in Tut began in 1922 when the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered his tombThe tomb had not been opened since ancient times and still contained most of its treasures It is the only tomb of an ancient Egyptian king to be discovered almost completely undamaged Tut became king about the age of nine He probably recieved assistance from Ay his minister of state Archaeologists are still unsure who his relatives were Tuts original name was Tutankhanton meaning the living image of Aton or the life of Aton is pleasing Akhenaton was ruler of Egypt before Tut and tried to make the people of Egypt worship Amon the chief sun god instead of other traditional gods When Tut began as ruler he restored Egypts old religion Archaeologists and some historians believe that Tut died at about the age of eighteen but are unsure of the cause of his death Tutankhamen whose birth name was Tutankhaten was probably the son of the heretic Pharaoh Amenophis IV Akhneten and his queen Kiya At a very early age he married his half-sister Ankhesenamun the daughter of Amenophis IV and Queen Nefertiti Tutankhamen Tutankhamen a name which means the living image of Amen took the throne in 1333 BC assuming the praenomen of Nebkhepure He died around 1323 BC at the age of about 18 leaving behind a real mystery on his death Tutankhamen was succeeded on the throne of Egypt by Ay who reigned for four years and by Horemheb who was the last pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty Little was known about King Tutankhamen before the discovery of his tomb on the 26th of November 1922 He was a king
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