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  1. #1 King Tutankhamun: The Boy King of Ancient Egypt 
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    After seeing the miniscule state of the Anthropology section of this Forum, I decided to post a popular topic for Anthropologists and Archaeologists...(:

    KING TUTANKHAMUN: The Boy King of Ancient Egypt
    King Tutankhamun (referred to as King Tut) was an nineteen-year-old pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty (ruled 1332 BC 1323 BC). King Tut's original name "Tutankhaten" means "Living Image of Aten." In Egyptian heiroglyphs found on the walls in his tomb, his name was written as "Amen-tut-ankh."


    George Herbert and the more notorious Howard Carter discovered Tut's tomb in the Valley of Kings, which was a massive burial ground for past and future pharaohs, including Tut. Unforutunately, his untimely death resulted in his recieving a smaller tomb than what was expected. In truth, Tut's tomb was still being built, but it was customary to get Tut from his death bed to a coffin within 70 days.


    Young prince Tutankhaten was next in line for the throne behind his father, King Amenhotep IV. Prince Tutankhaten became King Tutankhamun at the age of nine or ten. After becoming king, Tut decided to revoke a few of the laws created by his father, including the worship of the god Aten, instead worshipping Amun (Notice "Tutankhaten," Tut's prince name meant "Living Image of Aten." Likewise, "Tutankhamun" meant "Living Image of Amun").


    King Tut's cause of death has been highly debated. His last days were poorly and sparsly recorded, which caused made it more difficult for present day Anthropologists and Archaeologists stumped. Tut was very frail and delicate, and most likely needed canes to walk. Tut had club foot (a disease effecting the feet; one or both feet are bent inward by the ankle, which forms the illusion that someone with club foot walks on their ankles) and cleft palate (a condition that leads to cleft lip; appears to be a hole or fissure in the roof of the mouth) and his parents were brother and sister. People first thought Tut was the victim of assasination due to a hole in his skull. This was later ruled out after the possibility that the hole was used for mummification.

    Finally, King Tut had broken his leg, which was later infected with malaria. This is the present cause of death.


    After Tut was discovered, he was put on display in his underground tomb in Luxor. Presently he resides in the Cairo Museum.


    Note**: Thanks for reading about King Tutankhamun! I hoped you liked this little story and I hope you do some research of your own on him. Feel free to discuss his life, death, and discovery!


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    In Egyptian heiroglyphs found on the walls in his tomb, his name was written as "Amen-tut-ankh."
    Incidentally, that's called "honorific transposition".

    In the written language of the Egyptians it was considered appropriate to put the sign, or group of signs, that represent the names of gods, kings and sacred things at the start of words. Such a convention - presumably a mark of respect - can make some words appear to be written partly backwards. This can make some names very confusing to read unless you know ahead of time how they are supposed to be read.

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    Nice reply explaining the honorific transposition.That sheds light on trying to read heiroglyphs.
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