KingTut_4x3_2On this day in 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first men to enter a sealed tomb for 3,000 years, which any Steve Martin fan will tell you makes this


The Pharaoh Tutankhamun died at about age 18 or 19 from some wacky disease that’s not around anymore, or from being so inbred that he was his own nephew and cousin, the jury’s out on the exact cause.

Since the age of 9 he had been the absolute ruler of the greatest kingdom the earth had ever seen to that point, and considered a living God. In his short reign, he abolished the new religion his father Pharaoh Amenhotep IV invented, and abandoned Pop’s new capital city of Akhetaten, returning the seat of government to Thebes.

Tut also began making nice to the neighboring kingdoms after his crazy old man alienated everybody in sight. That’s a pretty full plate for a boy, and when he up and died he was buried with full Pharaoh honors, but his tomb somehow slipped through the cracks of history and the visits of grave robbers for 3 millennia.

Until 100 years ago today when the British Empire showed up, that is, with its unerring nose for other people’s gold. Thus was King Tut exhumed, autopsied, diagnosed and displayed, his buried treasure appropriated by history’s last great empire.

The Boy King had the last laugh, however, by doing more to inspire interest in ancient Egypt that any other Egyptian ruler but Queen Cleopatra, and becoming the most famous Pharaoh of them all.

•Suggested Activities: Consulting with your royal architect about your tomb entrance

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