For those on this forum who post about AE, then if you have not seen this, then I can assure you there is not much to justify two hours of your time watching it, it is essentially eyecandy for the
One point of interest though. I think it was Christine Desroches-Noblecourt who first suggested that Tutankhamun's mummy was badly charred because of the attempts by Howard Carter to seperate the two halves of the inner coffin. They were tightly bonded together by resin and he applied bunsen burners to the coffin. I had thought this was the reason for the charring until it was sugested, I do not remember who by, that Tutankhamun may have spontaneously combusted within his coffin when he was intered. I first thought this was some nonsense until it was clarified that it was not Tutankhamun that combusted, but the very large amount of resin he and his wrappings were soaked in. This documentary shows an experiment that proves that resin can spontaneously combust in an airtight environment, and would get hot enough to cause the charring we see. One of the scientists explained that the heat from a bunsen burner, behind many layers of wrappings and a solid gold coffin, would not have any effect on the mummy at all. I would supect that if it was the result of Carter, then when the coffin lid was removed, a cloud of smoke would have emerged, but this is not mentioned and is highly unlikely. Though even while watching I was thinking, "Well, why are no other mummies charred". Enter Selima Akram to explain what we know was a hurried burial, but she said that even the mummification of Tutankhamun was hurried and not to standard. I had always thought that was the one thing that was done normally, and it was everything else hurried. Still, rather a gruesome thought that for some unknown time he was laying in his coffins slowly cooking. But still something not fully explained. If there was combustion, a slow burning without flames, there would still be gases given off, so I am surprised his coffin did not explode. So, still some mystery. Any ideas on combustion?
Edited by Tutankhaten-pasheri, 14 July 2013 - 08:31 PM.