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Expert: King Tut's Death Mystery Solved
November 27, 2006

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King Tut, the legendary boy king of ancient Egypt, died of natural causes, according to an Egyptian scientist who recently completed examination of Tut's mummified remains.

Dr. Ashraf Selim, the leader of an international scientific study conducted on behalf of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the study found no evidence of foul play in the boy king's death. X-rays performed on Tut's mummy years ago seemed to show evidence of a blow to the head. That evidence was bone fragments found in the skull by a set of X-rays done in 1968. Those bone fragments, however, were likely the result of clumsy handling by Howard Carter and the rest of his team who discovered Tut's tomb intact in 1922.

The most recent set of examinations, which resulted in 1,700 images, used the most advanced technology and found evidence of a badly broken leg with an open wound that caused a fatal infection, Selim said.

These latest findings would seem to put to rest the argument that Tut was murdered by his vizier, or regent, in order to seize power himself. That vizier was named Aye, and he did indeed become pharaoh after Tut died. We might not ever know for sure, however. For some, the debate rages on.  


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