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King Tut Murdered?

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posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 02:25 PM
I hope this wasn't already covered, if it is, moderators delete it. It is now believed that King Tut was not murdered, but rather died from an infection of a broken leg. CT scans have been examined and the conclusion was that murder was out of the question.

posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 02:36 PM
Well, I don't know what the historical story is, but why is murder out of the question? If he had his leg broken by someone else, or as a result of what someone did to him, and he died because of it, why couldn't that be considered murder?

Just wondering

posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 03:09 PM
The story being King Tut, was that many suspected that he was murdered by snake bite, disease, or a blow to the head. It's quite an interesting story actually. Basically, it's a story about power, because Tut was a sickly child and needed a cane in order to walk, I believe it was because he couldn't turn his neck, or his whole upper body was stiff (back issues), basically this problem was because of inter family marriage and reproduction. Anyways, there's been wide speculation that he was murdered and because he left no heir, the reign of pharoah was up in the air. If he had his leg broken by someone else, I think it would have been recorded and carved within his tomb, but I could be wrong.

posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 04:11 PM
Thanks for posting this -- I heard earlier today that they had decided it wasn't murder and looked and looked for what it was but I guess it was too early to read about it (they wanted to be able to have it on the news first I guess)

Interesting that they feel it was from an infection from the broken leg -- I had a friend who broke her ankle and was home and doing great and died when a blood clot let go from it -- totally unexpected so I wouln't have been surprised if that is what they thought also.


posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 07:34 PM
here is what i posted on my thread about this (my thread was closed rightfully because IKnowNothing posted it first):

King Tut Not Murdered, CT Scan Shows

full article:

CAIRO, Egypt - The results of a CT scan done on King Tut's mummy indicate the boy king was not murdered, but may have suffered a badly broken leg shortly before his death at age 19 — a wound that could have become infected, Egypt's top archaeologist said Tuesday.

Zahi Hawass, secretary general if the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the results of the CT scan about two months after it was performed on Tut's mummy.

Hawass said the remains of Tutankhamun, who ruled about 3,300 years ago, showed no signs that he had been murdered — dispelling a mystery that has long surrounded the pharaoh's death.

"In answer to theories that Tutankhamun was murdered, the team found no evidence for a blow to the back of the head, and no other indication of foul play," according to a statement released by Hawass' office.

"They also found it extremely unlikely that he suffered an accident in which he crushed his chest."

Hawass told The Associated Press that, despite ruling out the theory that Tut was killed violently, he had no idea how the king actually died.

"I have two theories — that he may have died from natural causes or that he was poisoned," Hawass said. "We are going to look at his viscera to see if his organs show any signs, but it is virtually impossible to prove how he died."

Hawass said some members of the Egyptian-led research team, which included two Italian experts and one from Switzerland, interpreted a fracture to Tut's left thighbone as evidence that the king may have broken his leg badly just before he died.

"Although the break itself would not have been life-threatening, infection might have set in," the statement said. "However, this part of the team believes it also possible, although less likely, that this fracture was caused by the embalmers."

Some 1,700 images were taken of Tut's mummy during the 15-minute CT scan aimed at answering many of the mysteries that shrouded his life and death — including his royal lineage, his exact age at the time of his death and the reason he died.

"I believe these results will close the case of Tutankhamun, and the king will not need to be examined again," Hawass said. "We should now leave him at rest. I am proud that this work was done, and done well, by a completely Egyptian team."

Tutankhamun's short life has fascinated people since his tomb was discovered in 1922 in the fabled Valley of the Kings in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor by a British archaeologist, Howard Carter. The find revealed a trove of fabulous treasures in gold and precious stones that showed the wealth and craftsmanship of the Pharaonic court.

Hawass had long refused to allow DNA testing on Tut's remains and only agreed to perform a noninvasive CT scan on the mummy, which has since been returned to its tomb. The CT machine was brought from Germany and donated by Siemens and National Geographic.

The study, which was the first CT scan on a member of Egypt's ancient royalty, showed that Tut was of a slight build, well-fed and healthy and suffered no major childhood malnutrition or infectious diseases.

The boy king also had a slight cleft palate, which was not however associated with an external expression, like a hair-lip, or other facial deformities. He also had large incisor teeth and the typical overbite characteristic of other kings from his family. His lower teeth were also slightly misaligned.

Ruled out also were pathological causes for Tut's bent spine and elongated skull, which had been noted in earlier examinations. His head shape appeared normal and spine was bent as a result of how royal embalmers had positioned his body.

Tut's lineage also has long been in question. It's unclear if he is the son or a half brother of Akhenaten, the "heretic" pharaoh who introduced a revolutionary form of monotheism to ancient Egypt and who was the son of Amenhotep III.

He is believed to have been the 12th ruler of ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty and ascended to the throne at about the age of 8 and died around 1323 B.C.

i am a HUGE fan of egyptian history and i love recent news about egypt...

i am also a fan of Zahi Hawass, who is a VERY smart man...

if he says it, i will believe him and so should you

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posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 07:49 PM
Hey, I didn't know that the Egyptian Royal Family had long cannines like vampires!!! No wonder they worshiped cats!!!!

posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 08:55 AM

I have two theories — that he may have died from natural causes or that he was poisoned," Hawass said. "We are going to look at his viscera to see if his organs show any signs, but it is virtually impossible to prove how he died."

Well, considering his remains show him as a young boy, we can rule out natural causes, so I guess we have a winner!

No doubt his health problems were due to a genetic trait (blanking on the name of the condition), as his father had it also, and it was common in his particular line...(short-lived as it was).

We do know that he had ambitions to revert back to the ways of his controversial pop, so it's a pretty good chance he was killed....

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