Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 18-19 years old in 1352 BC, died of natural causes and was not murdered as previously thought. This is the conclusion reached by scientists who conducted the tomographic survey mummies in early January of this year, said Tuesday the Egyptian newspaper "Al-Akhbar".
Told reporters on Jan. 6 Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities Zahi Hawass, the scientists found the condition of the mummy — except the skull — "very bad."
Tutankhamun's burial was found in English archaeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922. To break the golden sarcophagus and remove the golden mask scientist used a red-hot metal strips, partially damaging the mummy. After opening the mummy remained exposed to air and sunlight for about a year, causing it to split into 13 parts.
Previously put forward several hypotheses death of Tutankhamun. Among them — or hit with a blunt object on the head, a fall from his chariot and disease.
The final answer to the question about the causes of the death of Pharaoh, scientists hope to give at the end of January.
Battery News, 11.01.2005 14:02
Source: RIA "Novosti"
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