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Tutankhamun died of gangrene
10 May 05 ^ | Not listed

Posted on 05/10/2005 6:41:42 PM PDT by SkyPilot

Egyptian scientists have finally lifted the veil of mystery surrounding famed pharaoh Tutankhamun's death, saying he died of a swift attack of gangrene after breaking his leg.

"After consultations with Italian and Swiss experts, Egyptian scientists ... have found that a fracture in the boy king's left leg a day before his death was infected with gangrene and led to his passing," Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said Tuesday.

"The fracture was not sustained during the mummification process or as a result of some damage to the mummy as claimed by (British archeologist Howard) Carter," who discovered the sarcophagus of the legendary pharaoh in 1922, it said.

"The Egyptian scientists found no evidence that he had been struck in the head ... and no other indication he was killed, as has been said before."

The team, aided by French and US scientists, also revealed Tutankhamun's features.

"A silicone mold bearing the features of the boy king and whose examination also confirms the size and shape of his skull," was obtained, the statement said, quoting Egypt's chief archeologist Zahi Hawas.

The mold was produced by placing silicone on a plastic replica of Tutankhamun's skull which was constructed from a previously available computerized X-ray of the 3,300-year-old mummy.

The experts differed on the shape of his nose and ears, whose details were obtained by superimposing clay on the plastic replica.

The scientists confirmed previous findings released in March that the king died aged 19, was in good health and did not suffer from any illnesses as a child.

Tutankhamun is thought to have been the 12th ruler of the 18th dynasty.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; amarna; ancientautopsies; ancientegypt; archaeology; earlofcarnarvon; face; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; howardcarter; kingtut; mummy; tut; tutankhamun
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To: Javelina
I guess now that the Terry Schiavo thing has passed

You have a way with words.

I didn't realize we'd ever stopped making every single thread about immigration.

51 posted on 05/10/2005 10:55:57 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

(Young Aracrap)

52 posted on 05/10/2005 11:02:25 PM PDT by Yehuda (America: Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE! [" Choke on it, pinkos!"])
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To: LasVegasMac
Any King that wears eye makeup is a fruit loop.

Does that observation also apply to NFL linemen? If so, can I watch when you tell one of them?

Although glass goes back a loooong way, I don't think these guys had blue-blockers or Ray-Bans.

53 posted on 05/10/2005 11:12:57 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: SIDENET
That kind of skull compression occurs in the birth canal; lots of newborns have that kind of "odd" shape to their skull.

If the baby wasn't turned often in its sleep, but left to sleep on one side, the skull would not "round out."

I know. My son's head measured 14" in circumference (and yes, it was godawful painful delivering him), and he had that weird elongation of his skull. We had to turn him frequently, and make sure he slept on his back, to round it out. Since he was almost completely bald for the first year and half, any imperfections were quite visible. He looks perfect now.

54 posted on 05/10/2005 11:19:36 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Proud Retosexual Wife of 12 Years)
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To: Yehuda; aculeus; kingattax; Lijahsbubbe
It's worse than I thought.


55 posted on 05/10/2005 11:22:04 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Thinkin' Gal

LOL


56 posted on 05/10/2005 11:29:04 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: SkyPilot
Tutankhamun died of gangrene

He was probably waiting for socialized medicine to be created.

57 posted on 05/10/2005 11:30:58 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (If you can think 180-degrees apart from reality, you might be a Democrat.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Well minus the eyeliner which apparantly was quite the thing back in ancient Egypt. But the person I'm thinking of is actually of mid-east descent and has a similar build so I thought it was funny.


58 posted on 05/11/2005 12:57:40 AM PDT by garbanzo (Free people will set the course of history)
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To: SkyPilot

He's got that Sinead O'Connor look, doesn't he?


59 posted on 05/11/2005 6:22:46 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems are putting all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: SkyPilot

He died of Gangrene in one day?


60 posted on 05/11/2005 6:32:07 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: SkyPilot

geez- if they would have only looked at the actuall STATUES buried with him they would have known what shape to give his nose and features- he looks almost exactly like tha gold statues of him


61 posted on 05/11/2005 6:39:15 AM PDT by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

OMG that was one scary woman!


62 posted on 05/11/2005 6:40:56 AM PDT by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: SkyPilot
...have found that a fracture in the boy king's left leg a day before his death was infected with gangrene and led to his passing...

How?

63 posted on 05/11/2005 6:45:53 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: lepton

Yes, that is why infected parts of the body are cut out/off.


64 posted on 05/11/2005 7:06:39 AM PDT by MizRiz9
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To: garbanzo
I was trying to build on the caption in the post immediately preceeding yours, since you asked a question.
65 posted on 05/11/2005 7:42:22 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: LasVegasMac

That eye makeup was worn even by the poor to help block out the rays of the ever burning sun. Stick around, you might actually learn something.


66 posted on 05/11/2005 9:02:57 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: mewzilla

look up gangrene!


67 posted on 05/11/2005 9:06:02 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: Thinkin' Gal

68 posted on 05/11/2005 9:17:05 AM PDT by rintense
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To: ruoflaw

feel better?


69 posted on 05/11/2005 10:00:54 AM PDT by LasVegasMac ("God. Guts. Guns. I don't call 911." (bumper sticker))
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To: windcliff

ping


70 posted on 05/11/2005 10:03:01 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: stylecouncilor

The pictures on this thread are too funny.


71 posted on 05/11/2005 11:05:58 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: LasVegasMac

I would feel better when people actually read the history threads because they are actually interested. I don't understand why adults come on the history threads to make lame jokes that are not the least bit funny. All you are doing is trashing a subject that many of us find interesting. This immature behavior is uncalled for! Now, I feel better.


72 posted on 05/11/2005 12:18:00 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: ruoflaw

Yes, I agree - this is immature behavior!

And I'm waiting for more pictures please.....

Boy George and Babs wins by a long nose, I mean - long shot.


73 posted on 05/11/2005 12:30:08 PM PDT by billygoatgruff
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To: ruoflaw

And side profile shows he has quite the overbite. Could he have been a nerd?

King Nerd?


74 posted on 05/11/2005 12:31:33 PM PDT by billygoatgruff
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To: jimbo123

What's wrong with that boy's head? Malformed during childbirth? or did they wear some sort of head-gear while they were babies to create that shape?

He almost looks like he has a symbiant(sp) back there.


75 posted on 05/11/2005 12:33:40 PM PDT by madison10
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To: jimbo123

Needs to go on etreme makeover. I think he needs a chin implant and hair extensions.


76 posted on 05/11/2005 12:34:24 PM PDT by sparkomatic (This happens every time one of these floozies starts poontangin' around with those show folk fags!)
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To: sparkomatic

I think the young man (Tut) is very handsome. (other than the head thing) The make-up was common for the times, so you can't blame him.

He does look exactly like the statue.


77 posted on 05/11/2005 12:37:37 PM PDT by madison10
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To: SkyPilot
What a bunch of bunk. They CANNOT possibly state at precisely what age he died. They can only estimate an age range. Gangrene is necrosis (death)of soft tissue. You would not die of gangrene in a day. You don't even get gangrene in a day.

Finally, there wouldn't be enough soft tissue left on a mummy to determine whether or not it was necrotic. You could possibly suggest an episode of osteomyelitis (bone infection) in a mummy. Osteomyelitis after a fracture is not at all typical (particulary a closed fracture in an otherwise healty individual), and it also doesn't develop and kill you in a day. Either these scientists are weak, or their actual statements have been distorted by the reporters.

78 posted on 05/11/2005 1:01:47 PM PDT by The Good Doctor
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To: madison10

A pointy head was an indication of royalty. It was intentional.


79 posted on 05/11/2005 1:08:04 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: ruoflaw
I think you need some time off.

Find a beach somewhere.

Fishing is nice.

LVM

80 posted on 05/11/2005 1:27:05 PM PDT by LasVegasMac ("God. Guts. Guns. I don't call 911." (bumper sticker))
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To: dhs12345
A pointy head was an indication of royalty. It was intentional.

< :D

81 posted on 05/11/2005 1:40:56 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: ruoflaw
look up gangrene!

What I wanted to know was how one diagnoses gangrene in a three thousand year old corpse. Do you know?

82 posted on 05/11/2005 1:43:56 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

LOL!


83 posted on 05/11/2005 1:44:04 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Larry Lucido
I still want to know what King Rootin-Tootin died of.

I think Queen Hotsy-Totsy was involved.
84 posted on 05/11/2005 1:48:21 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: rintense; Lijahsbubbe; aculeus; general_re; dighton; martin_fierro

LOL. Yikes, I was content to think that the image was merely metrosexual.


85 posted on 05/11/2005 2:17:16 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: rintense

Your blonde there is the closest match posted yet. All the others posted so far have way too much chin & too much forehead. The brow & cheekbone are real close & the two level skullcap is implied. The only thing off is the bottom lip & distance between bottom of nose & top of lip. Real good!
The guy in post #52 is pretty good too but his cheekbone is way off. Come to think of it the bottom lip on Tut is fairly unique.


86 posted on 05/11/2005 2:41:13 PM PDT by shuckmaster
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To: dhs12345
Didn't I just read about the finding of "pointy-headed" people in Mesopotamia? They made it sound as if the bodies were born that way...as if it was a new breed of Neanderthal. Do you recollect that news?
87 posted on 05/11/2005 3:09:22 PM PDT by madison10
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To: The Good Doctor

Thanks Doc! Great to have a professional opinion here.


88 posted on 05/11/2005 3:54:16 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Thinkin' Gal; shuckmaster

Well when I saw Tut's photo, I immediately thought of RuPaul. And that's who that is in the photos.


89 posted on 05/11/2005 4:09:36 PM PDT by rintense
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To: Thinkin' Gal; shuckmaster

Well when I saw Tut's photo, I immediately thought of RuPaul. And that's who that is in the photos.


90 posted on 05/11/2005 4:09:47 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense

At first I did all of the ROFL, etc. stuff, and then I looked again and thought by God, she's got it. Also demonstrates (seriously) variation in human subgroups (only one race, people).


91 posted on 05/11/2005 6:22:15 PM PDT by Nucluside
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To: Thinkin' Gal

Susan Powter!! LOL!


92 posted on 05/11/2005 8:56:10 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Remember, once you're over the hill, you pick up speed.)
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To: madison10

I heard there are a couple of different versions they concluded with. I'd be interested in seeing the others.


93 posted on 05/11/2005 8:58:36 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Remember, once you're over the hill, you pick up speed.)
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To: mewzilla

gangrene has also been called something like the "eating sore" it quickly distroys the tissue and then whatever part of the body it has infected....that body part usually turns black. It is a horribly painful death.

I honestly don't know if they can recognize the condition by looking at it after thousands of years have passed or if they can test the surrounding tissue after all this time. I am hoping we will find out more when they air the program on Tut.


94 posted on 05/12/2005 10:50:17 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: LasVegasMac

Maybe you are right. I do have a dig coming up later this summer, and I am never grumpy during a "dig".


95 posted on 05/12/2005 11:04:41 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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