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Tutankhamun, probably the best known pharaoh of the old Egyptian history
Tutankhamun ruled about 1.330 B.C. Not much is known about him, since he died already at the juvenile age of about 18 or 20 years. He was the son of the pharao Akhenaten and famous Nefertiti, and he was married with his sister or half-sister. Tutankhamun became famous in modern times when his grave was found by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings. Contrary to all other graves of pharaohs - that were completely robbed empty - this grave was intact, containing all artefacts and presents given to the dead pharaoh. Today, these treasures of immeasurable value can be seen in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.His father Akhenaten abolished the multiple Egyptian gods and installed the sun as the one and only god Aten. Under the short rule of Tutankhamun this was reversed and the original gods reinstalled. Probably this was enforced upon the young and unexperienced pharaoh by the priests.