King Tut Day

November 4 is King Tut Day!

King Tut Day commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb of the previously unknown young pharaoh was discovered on November 4, 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. For more than 3,000 years, the tomb had remained in almost perfect condition and the mummy of King Tut well-preserved in a solid gold coffin. In fact, the ancient Egyptians’ embalming method kept King Tut so well-preserved that scientists were able to successfully test his DNA for the first-ever DNA study of ancient Egyptian royal mummies, the results of which were released in early 2010. Find out what what the study uncovered by clicking here.

Celebrate King Tut Day by learning more about ancient Egypt’s golden boy and the tomb’s discovery.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com, wikipedia.org, nationalgeographic.com
Photo Sources: Jerzy Strzelecki (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
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