Thirty-five hundred years ago – around 1325 B.C. – the mightiest empire on earth crowned a young boy as its king. He was not only their king, he was their god. The boy’s name was Tutankhamen. For eight years he ruled Egypt. In the spring of his ninth year as a living god, Tutankhamen suddenly and mysteriously died. Some experts believe he was murdered. Others believe he died from a brain tumor.
Shortly after his death, his body was carried to the House of Cleansing, where his brain and internal organs were removed and partially dried in natron. Tutankhamen’s body was then moved to the House of Beautification. Here, costly resins were poured over the surface of his body. As soon as the resins began to dry, Tutankhamen’s body was suspended upside down by his feet from the ceiling. He hung there while the drying process continued. These resins, once dry, preserved the skin to a leather-like quality. Next, after the body was lowered, the specially prepared bandages were wound about the body. This completed the mummification process.
Tutankhamen was placed in a sarcophagus, which was moved to his tomb. Along with the sarcophagus, a number of personal items were placed in the tomb, including chairs, stools, and beds. Writing palettes, memory boxes, articles of clothing (including twenty-seven pairs of ‘driving-gloves’), a battle breastplate, many weapons, jewelry, and memorabilia from family, friends and associates were piled in a side room of the burial chamber.