King Tut Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Instructor: Stacy Miles

Stacy has been teaching elementary education for ten years. She has her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and her master's degree in reading and literacy.

Believe it or not, there once was a king who ruled ancient Egypt at the age of nine! In this lesson, you will learn all about the significance of King Tutankhamun's life and the discovery of his tomb 3,000 years later.

The Significance of King Tut

King Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut, was nicknamed the 'boy king' because he became the ruler of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt at the age of nine. Although you might assume he is well-known for being a pharaoh, he only ruled for ten short years, and most of his decisions were made by elders.

In reality, most everything that was known about King Tut's past was not found in ancient historical writings. Actually, he didn't become the most famous pharaoh in history until his tomb and mummified, or preserved, body was discovered alongside thousands of treasures in 1922.

The burial mask that rested on his shoulders in the coffin.
Burial Mask

Looking Into the Past

King Tut was born a prince in the capital city of Egypt around 1341 B.C. His birth name was actually Tutankhaten, which means 'the living image of Aten'. His father was Akhenaten, who made huge changes to the Egyptian religion--he altered the entire ancient religion and forced people to worship only one god, the sun god Aten, and even built a new capital city for his god.

When King Tut was seven years, old his father died. King Tut became pharaoh a couple years later and did away with all of his father's changes. He even changed his name to Tutankhamun, which means 'the living image of Amun.' He restored the capital and all of the original Egyptian gods. King Tut died when he was about 18 years old from an unknown cause. It is thought that he may have been assassinated or, more likely, that he died from an infected broken leg.

The Great Discovery

After his death King Tut, was mummified and placed into his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

The Valley of the Kings was a huge burial ground for pharaohs.
Valley of the Kings

Archaeologists, scientists who study human history through fossils and artifacts, believe that King Tut died suddenly and was buried in a tomb that was actually built for someone else, which could be why his tomb stayed hidden from thieves for so many years. In 1922, an archaeologist named Howard Carter uncovered the tomb.

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