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.
Egypt, 1341 B.C.–1323 B.C.
Tut’s seat: An intricately carved wooden chair that bears Tut’s birth name, Tutankhaten, as well as his king name, Tutankhamun.
Tut’s fun: Boards for a game called “senet,” made of ivory, ebony, silver, and gold, to keep the king entertained in
Tut’s duds: Sandals made of pure gold, fitted for Tut’s feet and found perfectly intact.
Tut’s ride: Multiple handcrafted boat models, guaranteeing an afterlife full of smooth rides.
Tut’s embellishments: Amulets and jewelry believed to protect against evil, injury, disease, or bad luck.
Tut himself: Four ornately decorated jars containing Tut’s lungs, liver, stomach, and intestines.
Minnesota, circa 1329B.C.–1310 B.C.
Tatertut’s seat: A deluxe, ergonomically correct Adirondack king chair, natural in color.
Tatertut’s fun: Hand-carved cross-country skis rosemalled with loons and lady slippers.
Tatertut’s duds: A high-quality wool sweater with toggle buttons and a timeless Norwegian snowflake pattern.
Tatertut’s ride: A birch-bark canoe
with expired boat tags.
Tatertut’s bling: A full-face ski mask knit to conform to the king’s face.
Tatertut’s embellishments: Crocheted mittens, proven to protect against bitter Minnesota winters.
Tatertut himself: Tatertut was found immaculately preserved. Who needs to be cryogenically frozen when you have Minnesota winters?