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In the News: King Tut
King Tut made the news in Junior Scholastic, September 5, 2005.

King Tut
This famed and priceless golden mask of King Tutankhamen is part of an exhibit on the boy king traveling the U.S. for the next two years.
(Photo: Mohamed El-dakhakhny/AP Wide World )
He may have lived more than 3,300 years ago, but King Tut can still draw a sellout crowd. Throngs of admirers are mobbing the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to catch a glimpse of the young Egyptian pharaoh's spectacular treasures.

"The objects themselves—they're stunning," said National Geographic's Terry Garcia of the first King Tut show in America since 1979. "They're a class unto themselves. And it's gold. They're absolutely remarkable works of art."

Dozens of ancient artifacts from King Tutankhamen's tomb went on display last June at the LACMA, including silver trumpets, glamorous necklaces, and a golden "coffinette," which once stored the king's liver.

After a five-month stay in Los Angeles, the King Tut tour will move on to Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art before heading to the Field Museum in Chicago and the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tut's tomb in near-perfect condition in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Many of the circumstances surrounding King Tut's life are unclear. Historians estimate that Tut was born in 1341 B.C., and died at or around the age of 18, earning him the nickname Boy King.

In 1968, X-rays taken by scientists seemed to indicate that Tut's nine-year rule came to an abrupt end when he received a blow to the head. But new findings point to a different cause of death.

Last March, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass reported the results of a CAT scan (a type of X-ray) performed on the king's mummy. Evidence collected from 1,700 three-dimensional images revealed that Tut broke his left leg, which became infected. Egyptian scientists later confirmed that the infection took the teen ruler's life.

Despite all the confusion that has followed King Tut in modern times, one thing's for certain—he's still a hit.

"...Tut was able to achieve what the greatest pharaohs failed to achieve despite their best efforts—true immortality," said Garcia. "None are so well known now as Tut."

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