Did you know it’s almost 100 years since Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered? Celebrate by learning all about the ‘Boy King‘ in National Geographic Kids Tutankhamun’s Treasures Primary Resources below – packed with fascinating information and exciting activities for children to enjoy!
The primary resources feature mind-blowing facts and images about the world’s most famous pharaoh. By investigating the amazing artefacts discovered in King Tut’s tomb, kids will gain both an understanding of his role as ruler of Egypt, and an insight into Ancient Egyptian beliefs on life and death. They will also learn about the history and culture of Ancient Egypt as a whole – from its ancient monuments and hieroglyphics, to Egyptian gods and mummification!
Who was King Tut?
King Tutankhamun (King Tut for short!) became ruler of Ancient Egypt when he was just nine years old. The Boy King died just ten years later and he was buried in a golden coffin surrounded by 5,000 priceless treasures, including animal statues, jewellery, clothes, weapons and even toys.
Some Egyptologists believe King Tut may have died in a chariot crash. But the cause of his death remains a mystery today!
Finding Tut’s tomb
The tomb was found by British archaeologist Howard Carter in November 1922. Howard had spent many years excavating the tombs of Egyptian kings and queens when he came across a cup etched with the name of an obscure pharaoh – Tutankhamun.
Howard became convinced that Tut’s tomb was buried somewhere in the Valley of the Kings. But after 8 years of searching he had found nothing. Then, just when he was about to give up, one of his crew – a young boy who was a water fetcher – found a stair carved into the rock.
When Howard and his Crew entered the tomb, they were greeted with thousands of spectacular treasures that had been left almost untouched, more than 3,300 years after the Egyptian Pharaoh’s death. It was the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact. Wow!
The discovery caused a sensation, and the little-known king instantly became the most famous Pharaoh on the planet.
With the world gripped by Ancient-Egyptian fever, the media were desperate to publish new, exciting stories. So when Lord Canarvon (the wealthy man who financed the search for Tut) died from an infected mosquito bite on his cheek, the newspapers invented a story that it was because Tutankhamun’s tomb was cursed. Eeeek!
Tut’s top 5 treasures
Join Gemma Chandler from National Geographic Kids on a short tour of the exhibition as she reveals some of Tutankhamun’s coolest treasures which were on display at Saatchi Gallery
Can you Juggle like an Egyptian?
Juggling might be as old as ancient Egypt itself. The earliest record of juggling can be found on a Beni Hasan tomb painting in Egypt (1994 to 1781 B.C.).