First Published: 2005-03-09

 
Tutankhamun was not murdered
 

Computer scan on mummy could not solve mystery surrounding death of Egypt's most famous pharaoh.

 

Middle East Online

His death remains a mystery

CAIRO - A computerised X-ray on the 3,300-year-old mummy of Egypt's most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun, has shown the boy king was not murdered but it could not solve the mystery surrounding his death, Egypt said Tuesday.

The result of the CT (computed tomography) scan sheds new light on the mysterious life of King Tut and his death at the age of 19, according to a Egypt's chief archeologist Zahi Hawas.

"Regarding the theories that Tutankhamun was murdered, the team of 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 statement said.

The research team, which included Egyptian and European scientists, said a fracture in the king's left leg could not have caused his death, even by infection, and established that the crushed bones in his chest had been broken after his death.

The sarcophagus of the legendary pharaoh, who is thought to have been the 12th ruler of the 18th dynasty and died some 3,300 years ago, has only been opened four times since its discovery in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

 

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