by Mandy Barrow
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The Discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb for Kids Tutankhamen
The most well known Egyptian Pharaoh today is, without doubt, Tutankhamun.
Tutankhamun was probably born at Akhetaten which was the capital city of Egypt. He was born in about the year 1346 BC. His father was the pharaoh Akehenhaten.
Tutankhamun became Pharaoh of Egypt soon after his father died in 1337 BC, when he was only nine years old.
Soon after he became pharaoh, he married his teenage sister. This was a traditional Egyptian thing to do.
The image on the right shows Tutankhamun with his wife
By the age of 19 he was dead.
Did he die of natural causes
was he murdered?
How do we know so much about Tankhamun even though he ruled for such a short time?
The answer is simple. His tomb was well hidden for 3000 years and held treasures that tell us much about King Tut's life and death, as well as life in Ancient Egypt thousands of years ago. In a sense, King Tut's tomb was a time capsule.