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The Egyptians had many kings throughout their long history, but King Tutankhamun is probably the most famous because his tomb which was discovered in 1922 was almost completely intact. It was the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found with all the wealth and riches still inside of it.
He was just nine years old when he became Pharaoh of Egypt and reigned for approximately ten years from 1333 to 1324 B.C. before he unexpectally died. As they tried to determine how he died they
found a fracture to his left thighbone which has caused them to believe he badly broke his leg shortly before he died and his leg became severely infected which caused his sudden death.
His significance in Egytpian history is that he rejected the religious reforms the previous king had tried to make in changing the roles of traditional priesthood and deities. The ban on the old pantheon of deities and their temples was lifted. The traditional privileges were restored to their priesthoods
Tutankhamun was buried in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that was small relative to his status as King. It seems his death may have occurred unexpectedly, before the completion of a grander royal tomb, so that his body was buried in a tomb intended for someone else that is why is was relatively small.
The ancient Egyptians used myrrh to embalm their kings. In fact, when the tomb of King Tutankhamen, who died in 1324 B.C. was opened in 1922 over 3200 years later, the air inside was thick with this rich smell because it had been sealed so well.
Myrrh is a reddish-brown resin which is produced by cutting the trunk of a myrrh shrub so that the sap oozes out and then hardens in small lumps on the trunk of the tree. While the shrub releases
a high-grade sap because the shrub is small it only produces a little and it time consuming to gather which makes it expensive.
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