Tutankhamun’s New Mummy

Tutankhamun's Death Mask

A new genetic and radiological study of the mummified remains of Tutankhamun and a number of related and associated mummies has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association while extensive testing continues.

As reported in this article in Scientific American and more extensively here in Science Daily, the scientists were able to identify several previously anonymous mummies, including Tutankhamun’s grandmother Tiye and father Akhenaten, as well as to confirm that Tutankhamun’s mother was most likely the mummy previously identified only as KV35YL – a sister of Tutankhamun’s father — not Nefertiti, as some have speculated. Their findings also appear to indicate that bone abnormalities, a fractured thigh bone, and a particularly destructive strain of malaria probably all contributed to the death of the 19 year old pharaoh.

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Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

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