03-08-2005, 01:33 PM
03-08-2005, 02:08 PM
*gasp*... wow I always thought he was murdered... with a blow to the back of the head...
03-08-2005, 02:27 PM
Finally, after all these centuries, Ay is acquitted! ;)
National Geographic also had a writeup:
03-08-2005, 04:33 PM
King Tutankhamun was not murdered and may have died of complications
from a broken leg, say researchers who hope the pharaoh will now be
A CT scan on the Egyptian king's 3,300 year-old mummified body
indicates that he may have suffered the fracture shortly before his
death, aged 19.
Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said the research suggests
the boy king died after the wound became infected.
Not all the team agree, but all now reject the long-standing murder
Little is known about Tutankhamun's 10-year rule after he succeeded
Akhenaten, who had abandoned Egypt's old gods in favour of
When the body was x-rayed in 1968, a shard of bone was found in his
skull, prompting speculation that he was killed by a blow.
Some historians have argued he was killed for attempting to bring
Others believe he was assassinated by Ay, his ambitious army
commander, who succeeded him.
Last November, Culture Minister Farouk Hosni approved a project to
move Tutankhamun's body for the first time to the Cairo Museum. We
don't know how the king died, but we are now sure that it was not
murder. Maybe he died on his own
In pictures: Scanning the king
The mummy, consisting of a skull, chest bones and two other bones,
underwent a scan which produced cross-sectional images of the
Researchers, who announced the results of the scan performed in
January, said they found no evidence of a blow to the back of his
head, and no other evidence of foul play.
Their report said the bone shard in the skull was not the result of
wounding but may have been broken during the embalming process.
"These cannot possibly have come from an injury from before death,
as they would have become stuck in the embalming material," said the
They interpreted a fracture to the king's left thighbone as evidence
that he may have badly broken his leg before his death.
"Although the break itself would not have been life-threatening,
infection might have set in," they said in their report.
However, others in the team doubt this theory, suggesting that the
bone chipping may have been caused later by archaeologists.
Whatever the case, Mr Hawass, chairman of Egypt's Supreme Council of
Antiquities, said he was confident that Tutankhamun, who died in
1352 BC, was not murdered.
"We don't know how the king died, but we are now sure that it was
not murder. Maybe he died on his own," he said.
"The case is closed. We should not disturb the king any more. There
is no evidence that the young king was murdered."
Tutankhamun's tomb is considered to be one of the best preserved
royal tombs with 5,000 artefacts, making him one of the most
fascinating of the pharaohs.
also this link http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=7837783
edit/ Ay was not tuts army commander HOREMHEB WAS.......little mistake there.
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