What Killed King Tut?

Scientists in Egypt have spent the last two years examining the remains of the 19 year old King Tut, who died in mid-January, 1343 B.C. King Tut’s worldwide recognition is due to the discovery of his tomb in almost perfect condition — the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. But what has scientists most interested recently is what caused his premature death.

Recent DNA evidence has supported the theory that the King could have had Kohler disease II, as well as a club foot and a curvature of the spine. This would explain the amount of walking sticks and staves that were found in his tomb. Before his death, there is also evidence that he sustained a broken leg which did not heal right, leaving it susceptible to infection. But the ultimate thing that DNA is theorizing could have been a determining factor to King Tut’s death is Malaria. Scientists found traces of the malaria parasite in the pharaoh’s blood – the oldest mummified genetic proof for malaria in ancient populations that we have.

Yet many scientists are skeptical of this theory. Dr Bob Connolly, a senior lecturer in physical anthropology at Liverpool University believes: “Just because he had the parasite in his blood does not necessarily mean he suffered from malaria or died from it. It may not have caused him any trouble. I still think he died from a fall from his chariot. His chest cavity was also caved in and he had broken ribs.”

A stela discovered at Karnak and dedicated to Amun-Re and Tutankhamun indicates that the king could be appealed to by those in a deified state for forgiveness. King Tut is also know for his rejection of the radical religious innovations introduced by his predecessor and father, Akhenaten.
Dignitaries ring the entrance to King Tutankhamun’s tomb during a visit in 1922 by the Egyptian sultana.


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3 Responses to “What Killed King Tut?”

  1. Elizabeth Suaste Says:

    This stuff is Amazing and very intersting ! (:

  2. Ava Says:

    i have been to a lot of different sources of how king tut died but i don’t think we will ever know- one of the most mysterious, mind blowing historic cases ever!

  3. terri Says:

    I think its horrible that they go about digging people from their resting places

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