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IN History & Culture ON 30 Sep, 2015
King Tutankhamun and Queen Nefertiti are the two of the most famous Egyptian royals of history. King Tut, as is popularly known, had been rediscovered in his tomb by British Archeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of Kings in 1922. Ever since the rediscovery, King Tut, the 18th dynasty Pharaoh has made headlines every now and then for being the most mysterious link in the Egyptian history.
Death is viewed as in Egyptian culture, especially that of Kings, the heirs of Gods. And unlike many other cultures, they preserved their bodies with what we call mummification before burial. That in turn provided for a direct insight into an ancestral history and its mystery too.
Here is an insight into the complex Family tree of the Pharaoh.
Progeny of an incest, clubfooted and married to his step-sister. His youthful death is still a matter of speculation and debate for its suspicious nature pointing to murder.
Daughter of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, left headless in acts of tomb vandalism.
Found in 1898 together with other Royals, including his own grandfather, Amenhotep II. His wife Queen Tiye, up next.
Wife of Amenhotep III, she was buried with the full respect of a Queen, eminent from her pose. Her hair survived for centuries of isolated preserved decomposition.
Husband to Nefertiti and Kiya.
Wife and also the full sister of Akhenaten. One of the five daughters, she was also called the Younger Lady.
Two fetuses were found, one 7-months old and another smaller, one or both are speculated to be Tut's. Their presence also points towards possible conspiracy against him.
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