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The Return of Tut

We didn't plan on making this an all-Tutankhamun day, but it's worth following up on our previous Tut post with some breaking news: a team of Egyptian radiologists claim that King Tut was not killed by a blow to the head, as many had believed since a 1968 examination found bone fragments in his skull:

A mishap during the mummification process, or even damage incurred during that first x-ray examination may explain the misplaced--and misleading--bone fragments. Dr. Selim suggests the damage may have been caused by the expedition led by Howard Carter that first discovered Tut's tomb in 1922.
"We believe that this broken piece from the first vertebra of the king's spine may have been fractured and dislodged when Carter, Derry, Hamdy and their team tried to remove and free the gold mask, which was tightly glued and quite adherent to the body, by using some metal instruments that broke the thin, fragile piece of bone that lies immediately underneath the bone defect in the skull base through which the spinal cord emerges," Dr. Selim said.

And of course, a story about King Tut just isn't complete without a reference to the Mummy's Curse:

"While performing the CT scan of King Tut, we had several strange occurrences," he said. "The electricity suddenly went out, the CT scanner could not be started and a team member became ill. If we weren't scientists, we might have become believers in the Curse of the Pharaohs."

Radiologists Attempt To Solve Mystery Of Tut's Demise (ScienceDaily)


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