Skip to comments.Egypt Hopes to Solve Riddle of Tutankhamun Death
Posted on 11/14/2004 7:05:30 AM PST by Pharmboy
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt plans to X-ray the mummy of Tutankhamun to find out what killed the king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and died while only a teen-ager.
Archaeologists will move Tutankhamun's body from its tomb, which was discovered packed with treasure in 1922, to Cairo for tests which should resolve the mystery over whether he died naturally or was murdered.
"We will know about any diseases he had, any kind of injuries and his real age," Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told Reuters. "We will know the answer to whether he died normally or was he killed."
The mummy would be moved by the end of November and the CAT scan, which will produce a three-dimensional X-ray of his remains, completed by the end of the year, he said.
Tutankhamun's treasures, including a stunning gold mask which covered the head of his mummy, were removed from the tomb in Luxor's Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Howard Carter. They are usually on show in the Cairo Museum.
But his mummified remains were left in the tomb in a stone coffin. Archaeologists last opened the coffin in 1968, when an X-ray revealed a chip of bone in his skull.
That fueled speculation that a blow to the head had killed the king, whose high priest and army commander have been singled out as chief suspects.
"No one has seen the mummy since 1968," Hawass said.
The three-dimensional X-ray of what appears to be a fracture would show whether it had been caused by a blow to the head, said Brando Quilici, a film maker with National Geographic, which is partly sponsoring the research.
Hawass said Tutankhamun's mummy had largely been smashed to pieces by Carter's expedition, when tools were used to remove the king's gold mask from his body. The mask had been firmly attached to the mummy by resin, he said.
But that would not hinder the research.
"Even if it just bone, we can examine each bone," he said.
Hawass said he would like Tutankhamun's mummy to go back to its tomb after the completion of the research.
Mystery has surrounded Tutankhamun since the discovery of his tomb. Lord Carnarvon, Carter's sponsor and among the first to enter the tomb, died shortly afterward from an infected mosquito bite.
Newspapers at the time said Carter had unleashed a Pharaonic curse which killed Carnarvon and others linked to the discovery.
Scientists have in the past suggested that a disease lying dormant in the tomb may have killed the British aristocrat.
He gave his life for tourism.
Then we're roughly the same age. My sympathies. :)
Aren't they worried about The Mummy's Curse!?!?
Watch, eventually everybody involved in this is going to die! (It may be 70 years from now, but) The Curse is going to kill them!
Sadly...I rememebr when they were a dime.
The Army Commander. In the temple. With a mace.
What's to figure out? Either Aiy or Horemheb or both had him killed.
If you get on Zahi's bad side, you probably won't be able to do field work in Egypt. :')
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How did that work? Bonded to the bones? Puts super glue to shame.
Loved the Halliburton books as a 12 year old. However, I think the poster was making a joke about Halliburton, the company.
My intent was to add a little smoke to obscure the view and to plug my hero.
I uncovered at least one other Halliburton lover.
BTW, I saw a piece this week where a modern day daring doer was reinacting many of the original Halliburton adventures including following Hanibal's march across the Alps and swimming the Bosphorus. He was not however giving credit to the intrepid Richard Halliburton for conceiving the stunts
[T]he presence of the cap-crown with the sun-disk-topped dual uraei, as well as the double lines below the abdomen, seem to require the identification of this figure as Nefertiti rather than any of her daughters; additionally, since the king's face on the relief is quite similar to an inscribed depiction of Akhenaten on British Museum stele No. 24431 -- and if the factors favoring a Nefertiti identification for the queen are correctly interpreted -- an object long thought to be a depiction of the royal couple Smenkhkare and Meritaten should now be revised as representations -- albeit not typical ones -- of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti.Now we can all sleep nights. ;')
Pretty impressive cranium too, IMO.
I loved those books. We had 2 in our school library -- huge, oversized volumns, as I remember. 7 wonders of the Ancient World and 7 Wonders of the New World, I think. I was about 11.
I read both books cover to cover in a month -- not being allowed to take them home. I was allowed use of the library only 1 hour per day and I would scramble in there fast (after orchestra practrice) to be first to get my hands on the books. I still vividly remember him swimming through the locks of the Panama Canal and diving down a well where the Mayans sacrificed young maidens.
Later I discovered a third volumn in the public library, but I didn't like it as much. I was very disappointed to learn that he had died in a sailing accident. I've known only one other person in my whole life who has read those books.
I remember the event well..... I finished the last page of both volumes.... I read all the words in both of those BIG books. I think I was 10 or 11.
I 've read them several times and for my 20th birthday in 1961 my mom gave me both volumes the Occident volume 1 and The Orient Vol II combined into a single book.
Since then I found most of his other books in used book stores,
The Book of Marvels is a standard reference and I check it whenever I need to refresh my memory on one of the places.
What a great idea -- to add those books to your permanent library. I think I'll check my used book store and see what I find.
X-ray attempt to find out why Tutankhamen died
Posted by F15Eagle
On News/Activism 11/13/2004 9:03:24 PM PST · 176 replies · 1,602+ views
CNN.Com - Science & Space | Saturday, November 13, 2004 Posted: 10:51 PM EST (0351 GMT) | Reuters
CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Egypt plans to X-ray the mummy of Tutankhamen to find out what killed the king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and died while only a teenager. Archaeologists will move Tutankhamen's body from its tomb, which was discovered packed with treasure in 1922, to Cairo for tests which should resolve the mystery over whether he died naturally or was murdered. "We will know about any diseases he had, any kind of injuries and his real age," Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told Reuters. "We will know the answer to whether he died normally or...
Egypt Hopes to Solve Riddle of Tutankhamun Death
Posted by Pharmboy
On News/Activism 11/14/2004 7:05:30 AM PST · 38 replies · 611+ views
Science - Reuters | Sat Nov 13, 2004 | Tom Perry
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt plans to X-ray the mummy of Tutankhamun to find out what killed the king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and died while only a teen-ager. Archaeologists will move Tutankhamun's body from its tomb, which was discovered packed with treasure in 1922, to Cairo for tests which should resolve the mystery over whether he died naturally or was murdered. "We will know about any diseases he had, any kind of injuries and his real age," Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told Reuters. "We will know the answer to whether he died normally or was...
New Likeness of King Tut on Display
Posted by Asmodeus
On News/Activism 09/30/2002 10:03:56 PM PDT · 21 replies · 679+ views
Austin American Statesman | Austin American Statesman
LONDON (AP)--A fiberglass bust that purportedly shows the true face of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun went on display Monday at London's Science Museum. The likeness was crafted as part of an investigation into how the teenage pharaoh died more than 3,000 years ago. The fiberglass cast of Tut's head, based on computer models generated from 1969 X-rays of his mummified corpse, shows an attractive round-headed youth with full lips. But it bears little resemblance to the golden funeral mask found in the pharaoh's tomb. The opulent tomb of Tut, who died around 1350 B.C., was found almost intact by British...
King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine (Coming to the USA in 2005 for 27 month/4 city tour)
Posted by NormsRevenge
On News/Activism 12/03/2004 7:41:03 PM PST · 59 replies · 1,965+ views
Reuters on Yahoo | 12/3/04 | Jill Serjeant - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The gilded treasures of King Tutankhamun are on their way back to the United States in what could prove a gold rush for Egypt and big business. "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" starts a 27-month tour of the United States in June 2005 that will mark the first return here in more than two decades of the precious artifacts buried with the mysterious boy king. The exhibit is twice the size of the late-1970s King Tut global tour which launched an era of "blockbuster" museum exhibitions. This year's version will charge up to...
King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine
Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 12/03/2004 11:09:30 PM PST · 33 replies · 413+ views
Reuters | Fri, Dec 03, 2004 | Jill Serjeant
The exhibit is twice the size of the late-1970s King Tut global tour which launched an era of "blockbuster" museum exhibitions. This year's version will charge up to $30 per ticket and give corporate backers a share in the profits, heralding a new trend in partnerships between private companies, museums and the antiquities' home countries.
King Tut, Part 2
Posted by Tumbleweed_Connection
On News/Activism 12/06/2004 7:26:13 PM PST · 13 replies · 435+ views
NY Times | Dec 7, 2004
Do you remember the first time around? Tutankhamun and his hoard came to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1978 and forever changed the way museums did business, not necessarily for the better. There had been major special exhibitions before, but the frenzy over Tut was something extraordinary. Sold-out tickets, long lines, overcrowded galleries - if the objects on display had been any less luminous, any less golden, than they were, they would have been invisible. For the Met, Tutankhamun meant new demographics, new revenues and, in some sense, a new idea of itself. Suddenly it seemed possible to capture...
Found: Queen Nefertiti's Mummy
Posted by blam
On News/Activism 06/08/2003 10:05:51 AM PDT · 72 replies · 881+ views
The Sunday Times (UK) | 6-8-2003 | Jack Grinston
June 08, 2003 Found: Queen Nefertitiís mummy Jack Grimston BRITISH archeologists believe they may have identified the body of one of the most legendary beauties of the ancient world. They are confident a tattered mummy found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings is probably Queen Nefertiti, stepmother of the boy king Tutankhamun and one of the most powerful women in ancient Egypt. The conclusion has been made after 12 years of research, using clues such as fragments of a wig and the piercing of the mummyís ears. The breakthrough came after the Egyptian authorities allowed the 3,500-year-old...
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