The life and death of Tutankhamun, better known as “King Tut,” has been one of the most interesting topics in history and archaeology since his tomb was found in 1922. Many popular movies, documentaries and novels were inspired by his life story, and he remains to be the most mysterious pharaoh in every sense. We’ve collected 12 of the most interesting facts about him that you’ve probably haven’t heard.
1. His birth name was Tutankhaton, but he changed it to Tutankhamun later in his life. He was born in 1341 BC, and as he ascended to the throne at a very early age (when he was just nine or ten), he is widely regarded as a “boy king.”
2. Tutankhamun was from the 18th Dynasty, and he became the king by marrying his nine year-old step-sister, Ankhesenamun.
3. During his reign, the country was relatively peaceful. After he died when he was only 18, Aye, who acquired the title of vizier under Tutankhamun’s father Amenhotep IV, married Tutankhamun’s widow, who was then the queen.
4. Here’s a picture drawn by researchers using computerized tomography showing what Tutankhamun looked like.
5. Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.
6. Image showing Tutankhamun’s tomb
7. The stairways down to Tutankhamun’s grave
8. The room in which the treasure was being kept
9. Personal belongings buried with him
10. The wall in the room in which the personal belongings were being kept opens to another hidden room.
11. There’s a sealed box in the room and it contains the sarcophagus of the king.
12. Except for King Tut's mummy, the rest of the findings are being exhibited at the Cairo Museum.