People: Ancient Egyptian King Tut Secret Discoveries

People: Ancient Egyptian King Tut Secret Discoveries

Awesome People: Ancient Egyptian King Tut Secret Discoveries

Was King Tut’s life ended by a HIPPO?! What were the mysterious weapons made of rare metals inside of his tomb? Oh and is there a secret chamber inside of Tutenkamen’s tomb? Learn about this and more as we explore the Secrets of Egypt’s King Tut

#9 Oldest Genetic Evidence of Malaria
There have been so many theories about what caused the boy king’s death and scientists still have not been able to confirm any of them. Scientists are convinced that King Tut’s death did not have one single cause. Examining the pharaoh’s DNA has led scientists to discover that King Tut was afflicted by malaria several times in his life. The malaria DNA discovered in the mummy’s body is believed to be the oldest genetic evidence ever discovered of the disease. The strain of malaria found in King Tut’s body happens to be the most deadly form of the disease, so it’s more than likely that it contributed to the pharaoh’s early death. In addition, malaria impacts the immune system, and therefore probably prevented any other injuries from healing properly.

#8 No Privacy on his Journey to Afterlife
While the possibility of Queen Nefertiti being buried in a part of King Tut’s royal tomb was merely a prediction, it has been confirmed that the pharaoh in fact did share his burial chamber with other royals. During his short life and even shorter ruling period, the boy king and his wife made attempts at leaving hiers. Unfortunately though, both of King Tut’s daughters were stillborn, which was due to the fact that it was common for Ancient Egyptian royalty to marry close relatives in order to maintain their bloodlines. Among the ‘treasures’ discovered by King Tut’s tomb there was also a fairly simple wooden box, containing two tiny coffins. The bodies inside the coffins were not named, but DNA tests confirmed that these tiny mummies were in fact part of King Tut’s lineage.

#7 King Tut’s Curse
Two months after archaeologist Howard Carter and his companion Lord Carnarvon first opened King Tut’s chamber, one of the two became the first person to experience the pharaoh’s “curse.” Lord Carnarvon’s death was caused by an infected mosquito bite, but it was believed at the time that disturbing the pharaoh’s peaceful afterlife played a major role as well. Several other deaths that occurred during excavations of King Tut’s tomb even further convinced believers in the power of the Pharaoh’s curse. Despite the evidence, however, a study conducted concluded that there is no such thing as a “pharaoh’s curse”, at least in the case of King Tut. What could be interpreted as a “curse” by some were more likely to be the dangerous species of mold and bacteria that attack the respiratory system, and are found in ancient tombs. Scientists believe that Lord Carnarvon was ill prior to coming into contact with the young pharaoh’s tomb and that he would have passed away soon either way.

#6 A Hippo Assassin?
King Tut’s death is a mystery that has been puzzling experts and Ancient Egypt enthusiasts ever since his tomb was discovered. A popular belief is that the young king’s death was not foreseen since the coffin he was buried in doesn’t appear to have been custom built for him. With this in mind, one guess is that King Tut contracted some short illness, such as cholera. Another possibility is that has been developed recently hypothesizes that King Tut was badly hurt by a hippopotamus during a hunting trip. There are numerous pieces of evidence hinting that the boy king was an avid hunter, so this theory makes perfect sense. Although hippos no longer inhabit Egypt, they were abundant in the area during ancient times and were respected, despite being a threat to society. While this hypothesis is different from King Tut’s other potential causes of death, it does explain the royal mummy’s broken leg. It is also predicted that if a hippo really did end King Tut’s life, the cause of death would have remained hidden from the general public as there was a possibility that it would be interpreted as a negative message from the gods.

#5 A Siblings’ Child
Recent DNA tests have revealed that King Tut’s parents were biological siblings. While these days we frown upon such intimately close relationships, Ancient Egyptian royals believed that incest would keep the bloodline pure and would result in stronger offspring. We now know that in reality it does the absolute opposite.
#4 A Rebel in his Deceased Father’s Eyes
#3 His Mysterious Tomb
#2 A Young Pharaoh’s Favorite “Toys”
#1 The Secret Chamber

Thumbnail background image by Harry Burton. The Griffith Institute, Oxford. Colorized by Dynamichrome for the exhibition “The Discovery of King Tut” on New York’s 5th Avenue on November 21st, 2015.

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