Wednesday, November 4, 2009
King Tut...how'd you get so funky?
THIS DATE IN HISTORY.. On November 4, 1922, a water carrier employed by archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the steps that led to the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun--better known these days by the nickname "King Tut." The unusually well-preserved tomb made Tut a sensation. Ironically, while King Tut is now one of the most famous of the Egyptian pharoahs, there is evidence that he had fallen out of favor among his contemporaries. Those who came after him tried to suppress his memory and wipe out his cult. As a result, the tomb was lost and forgotten. The theory suggests that grave robbers couldn't find Tut, and that is why his tomb was so well preserved. Those who tried to banish the young king's memory may have helped him become more popular than ever!
We have a lot of good books on King Tut, his tomb and its discovery. Check out Treasures of Tutankhamun [DT87.5, on the third floor] or the ebook Howard Carter: The Path to Tutankhamun by T.G.H. James, available from both eBrary and NetLibrary. King Tut is also featured in the A&E series Mummies Tales From the Egyptian Crypts, available in our media section.