King Tut Day

Harry Burton (1879 – 1940)

King Tut Day is celebrated on November 4th of each year to remember the day the tomb of King Tutankhamun, Tut for short, was discovered by Howard Carter on November 4, 1922.  The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb was the first major discovery in the age of easy communication which helped make King Tut the most popular Egyptian pharaoh of the modern world.

Tutankhamun was born in 1341 B.C. and was ascended to the throne in 1333 B.C. at the age of nine.  During his third year of ruling, Tutankhamun reversed several changes made during his father’s reign.  He ended the worship of the god Aten and restored the got Amun to supremacy.  The ban on the cult of Amun was lifted and traditional privileges were restored to its priesthood.  The capital was moved back to Thebes and the city of Akhenaten abandoned.

Tutankhamun died at the age of 19 and buried in a tomb that was small relative to his status.  His death may have occurred unexpectedly, before the completion of a grander royal tomb.  King Tut still rests in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.