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Pharaoh's curse or coincidence?[King Tut]
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 Nov 2006 | JIM RITTER

Posted on 11/28/2006 12:29:32 PM PST by FLOutdoorsman

Researchers studying Tut hit by huge storm, CT malfunction

Scientists who recently conducted a high-tech examination of King Tut's mummy insist they don't believe in the "Curse of the Pharaohs."

Still, some awfully strange things happened when the team X-rayed the boy king's body with a medical CT scanning machine.

On the way to the Egyptian site, one researcher's vehicle nearly hit a child. Then a huge storm hit. The CT machine, usually reliable, wouldn't work at first. And when researchers finally began the CT scan, one scientist came down with such a violent coughing attack he had to leave.

"It was a very interesting moment, and a very scary moment at the same time," said Cairo University radiologist Dr. Ashraf Selim.

But Selim added: "I don't believe in the curse. I'm a scientific man."

National Geographic, which helped fund the study, announced preliminary results last year. On Monday, Selim detailed the findings for the first time at a scientific setting -- a meeting at McCormick Place of the Radiological Society of North America.

King Tutankhamun was about 9 years old when he was crowned around 1332 B.C. It was the golden age of pharaohs, and Egypt was a mighty empire.

What killed boy king? Unlike other royal tombs, Tut's burial chamber remained undisturbed through the ages. When British archeologist Howard Carter finally discovered it in 1922, the tomb was filled with 5,000 breathtaking artifacts, including jewels, statues, magical amulets, furniture and a solid gold coffin.

But an inscription on the tomb supposedly warned: "Death shall come on swift wings to him that disturbs the peace of the king."

Lord Carnarvon, who financed Carter's expedition, died six months after the discovery. Newspapers blamed this on the curse, along wubsequent deaths of anyone remotely related to Tut's discovery.

Actually, Carnarvon already was in poor health when an infected mosquito bite led to blood poisoning and pneumonia. And researchers have shown that others involved in the Carter expedition lived, on average, normal life-spans. Carter himself lived another 17 years before dying at age 65.

The Curse of the Pharaohs "fascinates the public and Hollywood producers. Fortunately there is no such thing," concludes a National Geographic companion book to a traveling Tut exhibit on display at the Field Museum through Jan. 1.

Earlier scientific studies of Tut, using less sophisticated X-ray equipment, found bone fragments in his skull. This supported a theory that Tut was murdered by a blow to the head.

The new scan doesn't support the murder theory. It appears the fragments instead came from funerary workers who drilled a hole in Tut's skull.

However, the scan revealed a fracture in Tut's left thigh, just above the knee. Some researchers believe the injury might have triggered a fatal infection or blood clot. Other researchers argue the bone was broken by Carter's team.

"More work needs to be done," said James Phillips, curator of Field's Tut exhibit. "We may never find out how he died."

Researchers were forbidden to touch Tut. But the fragile mummy hasn't always received such gentle treatment. Tut's head is cut off, his body cut in two, and his shoulder, elbow, wrist and other joints disconnected.

And Tut's penis is missing. The CT machine scanned the bed of sand Tut lies in, and detected what may or may not be the missing penis, Selim said.

Researchers concluded Tut was about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and was about 18 years old when he died.

jritter@ suntimes.com


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: amarna; ancientautopsies; earlofcarnarvon; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; howardcarter; kingtut; pharaoh; tutankhamen

1 posted on 11/28/2006 12:29:36 PM PST by FLOutdoorsman
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To: FLOutdoorsman

Sounds like some review of the story of Osiris might reduce the tension a little. But, where are Akhenaten's bones?


2 posted on 11/28/2006 12:31:46 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

boo.


3 posted on 11/28/2006 12:32:08 PM PST by Jason_b
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping!


4 posted on 11/28/2006 12:33:20 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.")
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To: FLOutdoorsman
one researcher's vehicle nearly hit a child. Then a huge storm hit.

Then al gore's screeching apparition appeared in the doorway and they all knew this was indeed a curse.
6 posted on 11/28/2006 12:36:51 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

Condo made of stone-o


7 posted on 11/28/2006 12:38:45 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: RightWhale

"where are Akhenaten's bones?"

Most likely his corpse was burned or hidden by the few survivors of his sun god cult. His tomb, (or at least what is considered to be it) was unused and unfinished.


8 posted on 11/28/2006 12:48:51 PM PST by Leg Olam ("Somethings got to go, either me or that wallpaper.." last words, Oscar Wilde)
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To: Lee Heggy123

That's right, his tomb was not used. They still have his bones, and they are not lost. Not at all. Just waiting.


9 posted on 11/28/2006 12:51:00 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: FLOutdoorsman
"And Tut's penis is missing. The CT machine scanned the bed of sand Tut lies in, and detected what may or may not be the missing penis, Selim said."


EEEEEEWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!

That's not a mental image I want to dwell on.

Was Tut's wife named Lorena by chance?

10 posted on 11/28/2006 12:52:40 PM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

Jeez, this is in EGYPT. Sandstorms and illness and, above all, car accidents are the NORM. I lived in Cairo for a year and I can say that those scientists had a perfectly normal Egyptian day.


11 posted on 11/28/2006 1:03:21 PM PST by blueminnesota
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To: FLOutdoorsman

For later.


12 posted on 11/28/2006 1:23:11 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Tokra

I was wondering... perhaps Tut was a Chick? :)


13 posted on 11/28/2006 1:24:46 PM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://realitycheck.blogsome.com)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

He gave his life for tourism.


14 posted on 11/28/2006 1:26:55 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RightWhale
But, where are Akhenaten's bones?

Scotland

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1737076/posts

15 posted on 11/28/2006 1:34:46 PM PST by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: dfwgator

Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia.


16 posted on 11/28/2006 1:49:01 PM PST by elcid1970
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To: frithguild

That's okay. We'll just let it sit. Nothing is in Scotland anymore.


17 posted on 11/28/2006 1:49:57 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: RightWhale
Nothing is in Scotland anymore.

What do you mean? Akhenaten and his descendants were the Picts, who could not be defeated by Hadrian because they knew Roman battle tactics. His direct descendants later became the Knights Templar, who brought the Holy Grail back to Scotland, where it is kept in secret to this very day. Yes sireee!

18 posted on 11/28/2006 2:23:03 PM PST by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: frithguild

Ha! Does the story end there? No! There's a New World out there.


19 posted on 11/28/2006 2:24:50 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: RightWhale

His tomb is KV55. I suspect that his body was destroyed shortly after interrment.


20 posted on 11/28/2006 2:28:40 PM PST by bagman
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To: bagman

He was not mummified. His bones were carted out of Egypt. Just the bones.


21 posted on 11/28/2006 2:31:35 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: RightWhale

According to the Theban Mapping Project, Akhenaten's mummy was likely found in KV 55

http://www.thebanmappingproject.com/sites/browse_tomb_869.html


22 posted on 11/28/2006 2:31:35 PM PST by bagman
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To: windcliff

ping


23 posted on 11/28/2006 2:54:04 PM PST by stylecouncilor
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood; blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; ...
Thanks T. Buzzard Trueblood. Funny that all the millions of people who saw the Treasures of a King exhibition in the 1970s didn't die of the curse, eh? ;')

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24 posted on 11/28/2006 9:38:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Theban Mapping Project (Valley of the Kings etc)
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Posted on 01/13/2005 11:03:55 PM EST by SunkenCiv
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25 posted on 11/28/2006 9:40:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Funny that all the millions of people who saw the Treasures of a King exhibition in the 1970s didn't die of the curse, eh? ;')

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They will, just give them time, LOL!


26 posted on 11/28/2006 10:23:30 PM PST by Fred Nerks (MEDIA + ENEMY = ENEMEDIA!)
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To: Fred Nerks

:')


27 posted on 11/28/2006 10:35:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

Has Hawass let any DNA testing be done? I think I remember hearing he refused to let the mummies be tested because the science "wasn't proven yet." Wonder what his real reason is----we might find out that the pharoahs are not really Egyptians?


28 posted on 12/02/2006 5:34:21 AM PST by Lynne
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29 posted on 10/20/2009 6:58:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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