Tutankhamun Facts for Kids – 5 Interesting Facts about Tutankhamun

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Have you ever wondered about how life looked like during Pharaohs era? What if that Pharaoh was a king? Here are five interesting Tutankhamun facts for kids.

Tutankhamun Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Tutankhamun Was Named after The God Amun

When Tutankhamun was born he was called Tutankhaten. His father, the pharaoh Ankhenaten, wanted people to worship the new sun god Aten but Tutankhamun disagreed, wanting to worship Amun. He changed his name to Tutankhamun which means “living image of Amun”.

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Tutankhamun Facts for Kids: Amun was known as the god of Sun in Ancient Egypt

Tutankhamun Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Tutankhamun Became Pharaoh at Nine Years Old

Tutankhamun was only nine when he became pharaoh meaning he needed help fulfilling his role until he learned how to be a good pharaoh. Children being made pharaohs was actually quite common in Ancient Egypt because the title of pharaoh was passed down from fathers to sons when the pharaoh died. Another famous example of a child pharaoh was Thutmose III who was co-pharaoh with his step-mother Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt as he was only 2 years old when he was crowned pharaoh.

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The king of Egypt was carried on palanquin by slaves

Tutankhamun Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Tutankhamun Walked With a Cane

When Tutankhamun tomb was discovered archeologists found over 130 walking sticks and canes inside the tomb for the young pharaoh to use in the afterlife. When they were first discovered archeologists weren’t sure why they were buried with him. We now know that Tutankhamun used a walking stick or cane to walk every day and had a small stool he used when shooting a bow and arrow. Archeologists were able to scan his mummy and discovered that he had a clubfoot which affected how he walked but did not affect his ability to be a successful pharaoh.

Tutankhamun Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Tutankhamun Is Famous for His Tomb

The tomb of Tutankhamun was smaller than the tombs of other pharaohs as he died suddenly so they did not have a temple or pyramid built for him. His tomb was lost for a very long time. The tomb was discovered by Harvard Carter, an Egyptologist, in 1922. Tutankhamun’s tomb is the most complete tomb ever found and it contained over 3000 objects. It took 17 years for archeologists to catalogue all the items in the tomb. All these objects are valuable as they can teach us about Egypt during the reign of Tutankhamun.

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Sarcophagus of pharaoh

Tutankhamun Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Tutankhamun Was Buried in a Golden Mask

The pharaohs of Egypt were buried in very ornamental caskets called sarcophaguses. These coffins would be decorated with gold and paints depicting the pharaoh. They would also often have spells written on them to protect the pharaoh inside. Tutankhamun was buried in a beautiful mask that depicted his face and was made from 22 pounds of gold. This mask was only worn by Tutankhamun after his death as it would have been much too heavy to wear while walking around.

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Tutankhamun’s golden burial mask

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Tutankhamun as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this person is, you can move on to learn about other ones like: The Inuit, The Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Celts and Egyptians. Also you can find more about famous people like: Anne Acheson, Frank Pantridge, John Boyd Dunlop, Annie Maunder, James Martin, William Shakespeare, Hatshepsut, Galileo Galilei, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, George Orwell, Arthur Conan Doyle, Al-Biruni and Alexander Pope.

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