Carter, who gained fame as the discoverer of “Tomb of Tutankhamun”, was honoured by Google by a portrayal of the Tomb of Tutankhamen” at the centre of its homepage.The boy king ‘Tutankhamun’ is undoubtedly the most famous of Egyptian pharaohs. He died in his teens and remained a mystery for over 3300 years until Carter and George Herbert discovered his tomb in the ‘Valley of the Kings’ in 1922.Tutankhamun’s mummy still rests in his tomb and is on display since the last four years. Howard Carter was born in London, England on May 09, 1874. His father, Samuel Carter was a skilled artist and trained his son to follow in his footsteps.After the discovery of “Tomb of Tutankhamun”, Carter gained fame as an expert on Egypt and its treasures. Many films have also been made on the life and adventures of Howard Carter. He died in London on March 2, 1939, at the age of 64 of cancer and lies in rest at the Putney Vale Cemetery in London.On his gravestone is written: “May your spirit live, May you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, Sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness “and “O night, spread thy wings over me as the imperishable stars”.
Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten and one of Akhenaten’s sisters.As a prince he was known as Tutankhaten. He ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age of nine or ten, taking the reign name of Tutankhamun. His wet-nurse was a woman called Maia, known from her tomb at Saqqara.When he became king, he married his half-sister, Ankhesenepatan, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun. They had two daughters, both stillborn.
Given his age, the king probably had very powerful advisers, presumably including General Horemheb, the Vizier Ay, and Maya, the “Overseer of the Treasury”. Horemheb records that the king appointed him ‘lord of the land’ as hereditary prince to maintain law. He also noted his ability to calm the young king when his temper flared.There are no surviving records of Tutankhamun’s final days. What caused Tutankhamun’s death has been the subject of considerable debate. Major studies have been conducted in an effort to establish the cause of death.
Tutankhamun was buried in a tomb that was small relative to his status. His death may have occurred unexpectedly, before the completion of a grander royal tomb, so that his mummy was buried in a tomb intended for someone else. This would preserve the observance of the customary seventy days between death and burial.
Discovery of tomb
Tutankhamun seems to have faded from public consciousness in Ancient Egypt within a short time after his death, and remained virtually unknown until the 1920s. His tomb was robbed at least twice in antiquity, but based on the items taken (including perishable oils and perfumes) and the evidence of restoration of the tomb after the intrusions, it seems clear that these robberies took place within several months at most of the initial burial. Eventually the location of the tomb was lost because it had come to be buried by stone chips from subsequent tombs, either dumped there or washed there by floods. In the years that followed, some huts for workers were built over the tomb entrance, clearly not knowing what lay beneath. When at the end of the Twentieth Dynasty the Valley of the Kings burials were systematically dismantled, the burial of Tutankhamun was overlooked, presumably because knowledge of it had been lost and his name may have been forgotten.
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