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Discovery of King Tutankhamun (Tut) (18th Dynasty)

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Roli Agrawal

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The site of the tomb A Journey into Tutankhamun’ s Tomb The Treasury Entrance to burial chamber Annexe Antechamber The corridor looking into the anti-chamber Howard Carter Lord Carnarvon Lord Carnarvon and archaeologist Howard Carter entered the king's burial chamber on February 17, 1923. On or about March 6, Lord Carnarvon was bitten by a mosquito on his cheek and became ill.
The mosquito bite became infected, he contracted pneumonia and blood poisoning, and on April 5, he died.
The bite was in the same spot on his cheek as a scar found on the mummy of Tut.
At the same time Carnarvon died, all the electricity in Cairo went off. In fact, the lights in the hospital went off almost to the second when he died.
At the same hour Carnarvon died, Carnarvon’s pet terrier, Susie, howled and dropped over, dead. Still more strange happenings…and these are all facts. What do you think happened to Howard Carter?
What do you think would be a possible explanation for the deaths of the workers in the tomb?
What do you think people would say if a similar discovery happened today and the newspapers said the tomb had a curse? So what do you think? Tutankhamun was an Egyptian king that is more famous for his death than for his life.
Tut began ruling when he was 8 years old, and died when he was 18.
Very few written documents on Tut survive and not very much is known of his life.
Most experts agree Tut died a violent death, but they don’t know for sure if he was murdered.
Tut is most famous because his spectacular tomb was discovered, almost intact and filled with treasures, by Howard Carter in 1922. Wait, who was King Tut anyway? “Death shall come on swift wings to him that toucheth the tomb of Pharaoh.”

These are the words written across the seal of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. When this tomb was disturbed for the first time in 3400 years by the English Egyptologist Howard Carter in November of 1922, newspapers around the world announced the discovery. How it all began… The Egyptians were obsessed with the cult of the dead.
They had elaborate death rituals and gods.
To protect the dead in the afterlife and to prevent robbers from desecrating tombs, the Egyptians hid their burials and placed curses to warn off violators. Why were the Egyptians so into pyramids and mummies? i smell bird On the same day that the entrance to the tomb was laid open, Carter’s pet canary was eaten by a cobra. Cobras are very rare in Egypt and especially so in winter. In ancient times they were regarded the symbol of royalty.
Carter did have a canary, but he gave it to a friend to keep. No one knows for sure about the cobra.
Most of the Egyptian workers who were present when the tomb was opened died within a year.
6 out of the 26 workers were dead within 10 years. Here are some of the rumors and the facts associated with them…you be the judge! Lord Carnarvon was a very wealthy man who paid Howard Carter to search for the tomb of King Tut in Egypt.
Howard Carter searched for the tomb for five years.
Their find became the most famous archaeological discovery of all time. Who were Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon? Here are some of those treasures!
Nice, aren’t they? The introductory video on
the death of King Tut.

Q. Can anybody explain
what was shown in
video? Speculations What caused King Tut's death? There are many reasons to what led to the sudden death of King Tut.
1. Murder
2. Accidental
3. Was he poisoned?
4. Death by illness? Malaria? The scientists found traces of the malaria parasite in the pharaoh's blood - the oldest
mummified genetic proof for malaria in ancient populations that we have.
Dr Hawass and his team say: "A sudden leg fracture possibly introduced by a fall
might have resulted in a life-threatening condition when a malaria infection occurred. Murder Accident/Fractures Poisoned Instead the most likely explanation for the boy king's death at 19 is a thigh fracture that became infected and ultimately fatal.

During an x-ray of the mummy in 1968, scientists found bone fragments in Tut's skull, prompting a sensational theory that the boy king had been bludgeoned to death by his political enemies. However the latest CT scan shows no skull fractures. ILLNESS 'Forensic examination carried out . Reveal that he was poisoned and it is now suggested that the blow to the back of the head might have happened after his death, during mummification. There is even a suspect named Tutu who first appears as an official in the court of Amenhotep III, later in the court of Akhenaten and finally in that of Tutankhamun, Tutu is described as non-Egyptian, an unsavoury character who caused friction There is evidence that leads to declare that the bumps and marks are the reason for Tutankhamun's early death. The area of the head which was damaged could only have been reached by someone who had ready access to the King, a servant for example. Interestingly both Ay and Horemheb have left literary works denying themselves of any wrong doing. A text from Horemheb's statue warns "Egyptian brothers, don't ever forget what foreigners did to our king Tutankhamun", which does indicate that Tutankhamun was indeed murdered! There could be a case for a sickly young King Tut was never destined to rule far beyond a few short years who would not die from a blow to the back of the head, from a chariot fall or from a foreign zealot but from illness.
There is a number of possible causes of death for which there would be no residual evidence. Tut could have had pneumonia, or he could have died from a communicable disease.
Maybe his immune system was a little impaired because he was trying to heal the [leg] fracture, and he caught some other kind of disease that we wouldn't really be able to prove one way or the other.
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