Life 1341-1323

Cartouches of Tutankhamun’s Birth

Tutankhamun was born in 1341 during the 18th Dynasty a very dark age in Ancient Egypt. As a prine he was formally known as Tutankhaten. He was the son of Akhenaten and son to Queen Kiya who mysteriously disappeared during the Amarna period.

Tutankhamun mostly spent his childhood in the city of Amarna (the city built by his father) to show great power. Akhenaten had banished the old religion and had only worshipped the Sun God named Ra.

 He ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age of nine or ten, taking the throne name of Tutankhamun. His wet-nurse was a woman called Maia, known from her tomb at Saqqara, Egypt.

When he became king, he married his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun. They had two daughters, both stillborn. Computed tomography studies released in 2011 revealed that one daughter died at 5–6 months of pregnancy and the other at 9 months of pregnancy. No evidence was found in either mummy of congenital anomalies or an apparent cause of death.


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