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Tutankhamon the 12th king of the 18th Dynasty was only eight or nine years old at his succession His father Smenkhare died at the age of 25 the cause remains a mystery Tutankhamun was married to Ankhesenamon the third daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti The couple originally lived at Amarna but later moved to Memphis where they refurnished the apartments of Amenhotep III Tutankhamun died at the age of 19 by a head injury He was buried in the Valley of the Kings Two mummified fetuses were found in coffins that had been sealed by his name These are believed to have been his children that were born prematurely Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamons tomb and said this At first I could see nothingbut presentlyas my eyes grew accustomed to the light everywhere there was the glint of GOLD Carter found Tutankhamons coffin and there was a golden statue of the king decorated with precious jewels The king had to have been a great leader to deserve all this gold and jewls for his after life Tutankhamon was one of many Egyptian rulers to be buried in the Valley of Kings This rocky and narrow gorge lies on the west bank of the Nile River Their tombs were mazes of chambers cut out of the rock They were also Since Carters discovery the riches of tutankhamons tomb have come to symbolize the achievments of EgyptiancivilationBy the time Tutankhamon inherited the throne in 1361 BC Egyptian civilation was already almost 2000 years old hidden from view
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