The Wool-Clad King
Minnesota’s overlooked mummy—unwrapped
Around the same time Howard Carter stumbled across King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt in November 1922, taconite miners blasting away in the Mesabi Iron Range also discovered something: the tomb of Tut’s long-lost second cousin—twice removed—King Tatertut. It’s common knowledge that Tatertut (officially known as King Tatertuthotdish) was famous for his one-of-a-kind, hand-knit sweaters and award-winning lefse recipe, but the cause of his death remains a mystery. Luckily, King Tatertut, like King Tut, was buried alongside some of his most prized possessions, providing a few hints as to what he was like during his reign. See Tut’s treasures firsthand at the Minnesota Science Museum exhibit, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs,” then compare the two tombs’ artifacts here.