Historian William Deutsch believes that the death of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun, which occurred about 3300 years ago, was the result … crash.
Such a conclusion the researchers did the experiment with the statuette of the Cairo Museum. Some experts believe that the model that gets into their hands, is the prototype of the airframe. Its flight characteristics are quite good — say historians who have tested their hypothesis in a wind tunnel. It is noteworthy that luck turned tests not only miniature prototype, but a full-length experimental model built specifically for the study.
The model, which resembles a small plane was found in Saqqara in Egypt. Egyptologists believe the hawk with its wings spread and dated IV — III centuries. BC. e. Its most likely found in 1898 in the tomb of Pa-di-Names in the northern part of Saqqara. Objects made of sycamore, is 14.2 inches long with a wingspan of 18.3 cm and weighs about '39
Hieroglyphics on the tail of the bird say: "Offering to Amun" and the god Amun in ancient Egypt usually associated with rain. The ancient model before 1969 was kept in the Cairo Museum, while it did not pay attention to anatomy professor Khalil Messiha. He noticed that she resembles a modern airplane or glider and, unlike the images of other birds in the museum, feet and feathers at this property. According to Messiha, exhibit has a number of aerodynamic characteristics. After his brother, flight engineer by profession, has created a flying model of balsa wood, Dr. Messiha confidence in the fact that the bird of Saqqara is the scale model of the ancient glider stronger.
And this model historian William Deitch launched in a wind tunnel. According to him, its flying qualities have been very bad. It is noteworthy that luck turned tests not only miniature prototype, but a full-length experimental model built specifically for the study. These materials Deitch and attached to the case, according to scienceblog.
— Also, I'm not haunted by the fact that many members of the ruling families of ancient Egypt were buried with multiple fractures, which could be obtained as a result of falling from a height — reflects the scientist. — We can assume that in those days could well exist, though very primitive, yet gliders.
Recall that Tutankhamun died at the age of 18. The state of his tomb has issued a surprise death and funeral haste. The body was embalmed rough, no one cleaned the walls and floor of the tomb of random splashes of paint. The attributes of a ritual ceremony kept hastily jammed the names of other people.
Mummy Autopsy produced three years after its discovery in 1925, revealed no signs of violent death. But after 40 years, experts who examined the remains of the pharaoh with the help of X-rays, drew attention to the bone fragments in the brain and the dark formation, which could be a blood clot.
In 2002, the British film producer Anthony Geffen, have aimed to solve the mystery of the death of Pharaoh, hired detectives Greg Cooper and Mike King take up the unusual investigation. And when the cops showed these pictures luminaries of Neurology, those not only confirmed the suspicions, but showed signs of brain shift resulting from a nasty blow to the skull. Then the police with the help of Egyptologists identified a range of key suspects: Maya treasurer, general Horemheb, the prime minister and the wife of Pharaoh Ay Anhesenamon. Then detectives suspected the prime minister. But now, apparently, all the suspicions with him have been dropped.
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