"Living Image of
legendary Boy King
For many people, the tomb of this young
a fragment of what untold
treasures and maybe
documents that others had before
and after his passing
into the afterlife. He
eluded Carter and Carnarvon for
years. He continues to raise
as many questions today as he did
when found over 80 years
ago. What is it that draws us into
depths of his 19 years of life? Is it the
mystery of his
untimely death? Or the fact that his
father, the herectic king,
Akhenaten changed the way Egypt lived
worshipped, or is it the "curse", or maybe
treasure that was found
in his tomb? The words
of Howard Carter are still being called
"Yes I see wonderful
Everywhere the glint of
Just looking at the face on the
golden mask runs
chills up my spine as I stare at it in
awe and wonderment.
Who was this beautiful young
Short vintage footage of Howard
Carter and his team
have stated in all the stories I write, I am by far no expert
in this field. I tell it as I see it. I
will write about the so called curse,
the treasure and the mystery surrounding
countless theories and you be the judge.
only approximate due to the
conflicting mounds of so
called "experts", who are not in
Picture taken by Shardahab and is used
I want to start
this section with Tutankhamun's royal lineage.
Royal Lines of
the Eighteenth Dynasty
1) Ahmose, first
Pharaoh of the dynasty, ruled at the age
of 10 for 25
years in or around 1550 BC -1525 BC
2) Amenhotep I,
left no heirs. Came to power in or around
1526 BC- 1503
3) Tuthmosis I, a
commoner and military man married Amenhotep's
Ahmose-Nefertary. Came into power in or around
1504 BC- 1491
BC. Ahmose-Nefertary bore him 2 sons and a
Wadjmose, Amenmose & Hatshepsut.
sons both died before gainning the throne.
4) Tuthmosis II,
Son of Tuthmosis I, mother was a secondary
Mutnofret who was herself the sister of Tuthmosis
queen, Ahmose-Nefertary. He ruled in or about
Hatshepsut daughter of Queen Ahmose and
who was co
regent and wife of Tuthmosis II, his concubine
to Tuthmosis III. Hathsepsut left no hiers. Ruled
briefly in or around 1479 BC- 1473 BC before she
Egypt on her own. She disappears from the records
in or about 1458
said to have been the dimise of Hatshepsut
and her daughter;
Princess Nefrura. Ruled from 1504 BC
until his death
in 1450 BC
10) Amenhotep IV
, later had his named changed
MIA... possibly Nefertiti
is the list of people who were part of this man's young
life and who they were.
Akhenaten; Tutankhamun's father
Nefertiti; Tutankhamun's step mother
Kiya; Tutankhamun's natural mother a Mitannian
princess Tadukhepa, daughter of Tushratta
Ankhesenamun; Tutankhamun's wife and third
daughter of Nefertiti
Ay; distant uncle & visier to
Akhenaten and successor to the
throne after the death of Tutankhamun
Horemhed; Great Commander under
and last Pharaoh of the eighteenth
Smenkhare (still debate over this
Nakhtmin, who was a military officer under
Maya, Tutankhamun's Treasurer and
Usermontju and Pentu, his to viziers of upper and
Huy, the Viceroy of Nubia.
Crowned as the new leader at the tender age
ten in and around 1336 B.C.. in Memphis.. And I say
due to the fact there are no documents that were
found when Carter opened the tomb. To Carter's
dismay, little is known about this dynasty.
know is that Tutankhamun was a minor king. He
not have a war with anyone nor did he have pyramids
built etc. Unlike other Pharaoh's before
and after him,
he played only a minimal role in Egypt's
claim to fame was the so called untouched tomb with
a mother load of treasure and antiquities
buried along with him. With a lack of
dynasty is still remains debatable among
Scholars and Egyptologists.
we do know is that when he was born he was given
the name "Tutankhaten", "The living image
of the Aten".
Which leads me to believe he was the
direct descendant of
Akhenaten, the heretic king. Just as other
before and after, he too held a throne name.
Neb-Kheperu-re, "Lord of Manifestations is
His mother is still a bit
of a mystery, but I feel Kiya who was a
was his natural birth mother. As strange as
sound in year two of his reign, (about age 10) his name
to "Tutankhamun", "The living image of Amun".
left him a country in chaos and dispair. With
upheaval this young man had quite the under
father Akhenaten turned to monotheism, to
only the sun-god, the Aten. And as we all know
several dozen gods the ancients worshiped.
The first thing
he had to do was to restore the old religion.
so young, his power was shared with Ay and
that he more than likely spent his early years in
even said that he started a tomb in Amarna. At age of about
nine he was
married to Ankhesenpaaten, his half sister,
daughter of Nefertiti, who later changed her name to
Ankhesenamun. It is written that Ankhesenpaaten was
Tutankhamun because she was of child bearing age.
even say that she had a child by her father, Akhenaten.
have not seen any evidence to this. However, I do
feel that it could have been possible.
seems he did not succeed Akhenaten directly as ruler of
Egypt, but either an older brother "Smenkare" or his uncle Ay
or quite possibly Nefertiti who could
by the name "Smenkare" .
believe Tutankhamun probably had two daughters later,
no sons. I get this notion from the two tiny mummies that
found in his tomb in their own sarchophagus. These
were lost until, I believe it was Bob
Brier who found them
years ago. Seen in this photo behind Anubis in a
wooden box. These children were not
carried to term.
And to my knowledge no DNA has been
extracted to confirm
that they actually fathered by
The first tiny
mummy is less than 12" high (30 centimeters)
And as you
can see they even had a funeral mask for the
This one was intact the other it is said was found in
some sort of
embalming debris in a pit and discovered in 1907.
autopsies were performed on these tiny mummies.
It is said that
the autopsies revealed they were female.
examination was done with the larger mummy
with radiography. It appears that Spina
Bifida and other
were present at time of death.
bifida is a defined as any abnormal development of the bones of the spine
display a typical
pattern, with or without the involvement of the brain, nerves or covering
nerves (meninges). It is the most common congenital spine
The term spinabifida covers a
range of malformations that always include
of certain parts of the
vertebrae, the spinous process and vertebral
Some have described this process
as a failure of these bones to fuse during
Now as funny as this may
sound, some people believe
that one of these
mummies is an alien by-product.
I have seen several web
sites claiming this is proof of an
alien life form or
what's left of it. So you be the judge.
played a minor role in ancient history,
he did manage to
do a few things before his untimely
Some of the work he did manage, included the
work done in Karnak and Luxor. Unfortunately, Ay and
tried to take credit for the work the young Pharaoh
carried out. This
may explain why he was not listed on the kings lists.
His building work at Karnak and
Luxor included the continuation
of the of the
colonnades of the
III temple at
associated statues, and his embellishment of the Karnak
images of Amun, Amunet and Khonsu.
There were also a
whole range of statues and sphinxes depicting
himself, as well as a small temple in the king's name.
know, mostly from fragments, that he built at Memphis.
At Kawa, in
the far south, he built a temple. A pair of granite lions
from that temple
today flank the entrance to the Egyptian
Gallery at the British Museum.
and Ankhesenamun from the back of his gold throne.
Soon after the Pharaoh's death, his
young queen, Ankhesenamun is
overwhelmed by the thought that she
would have to marry
any one of the powerful
men left behind by her beloved
Pharaoh. In desperation she
writes to the king of
the Hittites, Susppiluliumas I
explaining what has taken place
She implores him to send one of
his sons to
marry her as soon as possible.
Cautious and very doubtful of this good
fortune falling into his lap he
immediately dispatches a messenger
the queen claim.
Once he returned to Suppilulumas I,
he sends his son as
future Pharaoh Zannanza. Sadly
he never makes it.
Apparently he got no further than the border,
he was then murdered more than
by the command of Ay and
Just a not on the last paragraph;
I have read that this so called
was sent to the Hittite king, could
have been sent by Nefertiti.
As we all know, Ankhesenamun was
forced to marry Ay, then shortly
after she disappears from all
records. Some say that Ay was probably
brother of Tiy who was the wife of Amenhotep III. Amenhotep III
was most likely Tutankhamun's
grandfather. He was also
probably the father of Nefertiti, the
wife of Akhenaten.
Therefore, he got to go first, as king,
followed a short time
later by Horemheb.
most recent findings on the death of
Tut seem to
conclusively indicate that he died of
natural causes, rather than being murdered.
Specifically, the latest report is that he died
caused by a broken leg.
Unfortunately I will not be posting
all of the tombs contents...
I would here till next year lol. So
just a few of my favorites.
This has to
be my favorite piece of the colection.On this openwork gold buckle
is shown riding in his chariot, ostensibly returning from fighting
against the Asiatics and the Nubians.
Pectoral of Kheper Scarab
And who can
forget this one.
pectoral, the outer face is inlaid with colored glass and semi-precious
with chased decoration. The motif of the scarab pushing solar disc
elaborated to form the king's prenomen, Nebkheprure.
stunning, I love the little cobras at the end.
Tutankhamun's Ceremonial Crook and
31.9 cm, blade 20.1 cm
Sheath length: 21 cm, width 4.4 cm
The box of
this fine sarcophagus is made of brown quartzite
and the lid
is made of pink granite tinted to the color of the box.
different stones should have been used is not obvious,
reason was that the intended quartzite lid was
in time for the funeral and a granite lid of indifferent quality,
happened to be available, was substituted for it.
another puzzle too: the granite lid was broken in
two and the
fracture, which was concealed with cement and
have occurred before the shrines were put in position.
explanation seems possible, except that the king's
death made it necessary to hurry
and an accident happened
for magical purposes was an important feature
funerary equipment. On the sarcophagus it is seen
clearly in the graceful figures of four goddesses, Isis, Nephthys,
Selket, carved in high relief on the corners,
outspread to protect the body
within the sarcophagus..
Gold Death Mask of
It weighs about twenty - four