King Tutankhamun lived between roughly 1343 B.C. and 1323 B.C.
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King Tutankhamun, the pharaoh who ruled Egypt more than 3,300 years ago, slept on the forerunner of our modern camping bed, according to a study presented at the latest international conference on the boy king in Cairo.

British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the unique three-fold bed — made of lightweight hardwood — when he entered King Tut's treasure-packed tomb in 1922.

The piece of furniture was smaller and sat lower to the ground than the other five regular beds found in the burial chamber of King Tut. Nevertheless, it featured a remarkable level of comfort, boasting a rather elegant design as well as a sophisticated technology, researchers have now found in the first study of the bed. [In Photos: The Life and Death of King Tut]