The Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun for a long time remained a person in whose existence historians did not believe. Indeed, the ancient ruler of Egypt, according to historical data, did not live to be 20 years old, unable to leave behind any worthy legacy. But in 1922, the fact of the existence of Tutankhamun was confirmed when one of the archaeologists by the name of Carter discovered a tomb with many jewelry, gold dishes and, of course, a sarcophagus.
A little about Tutankhamun
As for the period of the reign of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, this period of time is filled with many secrets and mysteries. Even for that moment, the death of a person at such a young age was considered a rare occurrence. Historians agree that the ruler could have died for the following reasons:
- Death from injuries as a result of falling from a chariot (the pharaoh loved to spend time competing with others in the skill of owning a cart);
- He was killed by ill-wishers who wanted to overthrow the rightful ruler;
- Tutankhamun suffered from an incurable disease;
- Pharaoh died as a result of bad heredity.
It is no secret that the described ruler of Egypt was born as a result of the intimate relationship of his father Akhenaten with his own sister. At that time, this was not something supernatural, since healers were not aware that incest was detrimental to offspring. Yes, and Tutankhamun himself took his own sister named Ankhesenamun as his legal wife, but they did not have time to give birth to their children.
Where is Tutankhamun's tomb
The Valley of the Kings is the name of a place that archaeologists have been combing for several centuries since its discovery. It was here that Tutankhamun was buried, along with a dozen close persons and statesmen of Ancient Egypt. The valley is located on the west coast of the Nile, near a city called Luxor (formerly called Thebes).
The search for the pharaoh's tomb began in 1916, and at that time Carter and his partner Lord Carnarvon were ridiculed in society, as they considered their idea to be utopian. Researchers could not provide absolutely no evidence for their own theory of the existence of Tutankhamun, but public censure did not prevent them from finding investments for their future event.
Interestingly, when the Egyptologists descended into the tomb for the first time (it happened on November 25, 1922), they immediately discovered that someone had already been in the tomb. Shards of jugs and other utensils were scattered everywhere, which clearly indicated the visit of the grave robbers. But, for some unknown reason, the treasures were untouched, and the entrance to the tomb was securely sealed. Perhaps the robbers planned to return later, but our heroes discovered the burial place of the pharaoh.
In the farthest room, many interesting things were discovered: gold jewelry, jeweled household items, two huge statues of the pharaoh, dressed in sacred crowns and holding ritual golden staffs. There was even a huge chariot and sawn parts of ships, on one of which Tutankhamun had to go to another world to meet with his ancestors.
Curse of the tomb?
One of the most remarkable historical discoveries did not pass unnoticed for the participants of the event. Already a few years after the discovery of the tomb of the pharaoh, Lord Carnarvon dies, and after that death overtakes about a dozen more persons who performed certain duties. Some of the archaeologists died due to a sudden illness (blood poisoning), someone is killed by a close relative, and the other commits suicide. Many people believed in the theory of the curse of Tutankhamun's tomb, but it remained unproven due to the too wide spread in time between the deaths of the expedition members. Yes, and the reasons for the death were too different.