Friday, April 12, 2013

King Tut

I'm not an official A-Z blog hopper -- I'm a stowaway!

Facts you didn't know about King Tut (Tutankhamun).

Tutankhamun mask from de.wikipedia
King Tut is so famous because his tomb was one of the few found with all its treasures intact.  

Pyramids held other Pharaohs' tombs, but when you build a giant pyramid, it's like putting up a big sign saying, "Graverobbers -- Here's the treasure!"  All their tombs were looted, but Tut's tomb was hidden in the Valley of the Kings.

Two of Tut's gold sarcophagi, from Wiki - Nerve Net
The "Boy-King" was only 10 when he ascended the throne of Egypt and 19 when he died in 1323 B.C.  It's believed that infection from a broken leg or malaria killed him. 

Tut was buried in three coffins nested inside each other.  The outer two were plated in gold, but the innermost sarcophagus was solid gold.  The sarcophagi are on display in the Cairo Museum while the mummy is in a glass, temperature-controlled case in his original tomb at the Valley of the Kings, Luxor.

King Tut and his wife, from Wiki - Pataki Marta
Tut's parents were brother and sister, and he was born with a club foot and cleft palate.  He married his half sister, and she gave birth to two girls, both stillborn.

How did I do? Were you surprised by some of the facts here? 

This week, I'm celebrating the fascinating and imaginative blog posts I've been reading from the official  A-Z Challengers.  You guys rock!

This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever!

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