Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Was King Tut killed in a chariot accident ?


Posted on Sunday, 3 November, 2013 | Comment icon 15 comments

King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Harry Potts
The mystery of what happened to the young King Tutankhamun may have finally been solved.
One of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever to come out of Egypt, the finding of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter kick-started a search for the truth that would persist for almost a century.

A CT scan of the pharaoh's body revealed that he had suffered a fracture of his left leg, an injury that was believed to have contributed to his demise. Now British scientists have determined that the fracture is likely to have been the result of a chariot accident which most likely also killed him. The damage was consistent with another chariot having smashed in to him while he was on his knees, shattering his pelvis and crushing his heart.

Further research has also yielded clues as to why the boy king's mummified body appears to show signs of burning. Analysis of his remains has revealed signs that the mummification process had been botched and that a combination of oxygen, linen and embalming oils caused his body to spontaneously combust shortly after burial.

Source: Independent | Comments (15)

Tags: King Tutankhamun

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by susieice on 3 November, 2013, 20:40
I was just wondering, the article says the body combusted inside the sarcophagus and temperatures could have gone to 400F. Since the death mask was 24k gold, would that not have been hot enough to melt it, or at least disfigure it, which didn't happen. Gold is a very soft metal which is why most jewelry has an alloy in it so the gold isn't so pliable. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/king-tut-died-chariot-accident-scientists-article-1.1505267
Comment icon #7 Posted by lightly on 3 November, 2013, 20:56
..smokin in bed . If there was a flash fire .. maybe someone noticed and extinguished it before the gold began to melt? Showing results for melting temperature of gold Search instead for melting tempurature of gold Search Results 1,948F (1,064C) Gold, Melting point
Comment icon #8 Posted by susieice on 3 November, 2013, 21:07
OK. Thanks for the links lightly. Wasn't sure how hot it had to be to melt gold. For a soft metal, it has a high melting point.
Comment icon #9 Posted by lightly on 3 November, 2013, 21:11
Yup.. I was just as surprised
Comment icon #10 Posted by susieice on 3 November, 2013, 22:05
According to this skeptics site, the human body needs a temperature of 1600F for a two hour period to cremate. http://skepdic.com/shc.ht Don't know how hot it would really be if the oils used in embalming would burn. Will try to see if I can find it. Found this but it doesn't specifically mention the combustion point of the oils used in mummification. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrolysis http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/explorations/online/mummification/pages/materials1.html
Comment icon #11 Posted by coolguy on 4 November, 2013, 4:56
Yup this would have killed him back then
Comment icon #12 Posted by regeneratia on 4 November, 2013, 22:13
THE WINGED PHARAOH is a story that really mirrors this concept,
Comment icon #13 Posted by regeneratia on 4 November, 2013, 22:16
Presumably at least one member of the British nobility reads the Daily Mail, so I guess it qualifies as a 'peer reviewed' journal. OH I had to laugh at that. So true.
Comment icon #14 Posted by rudeboymikee on 8 November, 2013, 7:27
could have been smoking some good herbs just chilling. then passes out wakes up on fire so started running out of his temple, trips down some stone stairs breaking his left leg shattering his pelvis and crushing his heart
Comment icon #15 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 8 November, 2013, 17:44
Some say he was killed by a hippo while hunting..


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Extinct toothless dwarf dolphin unveiled
8-23-2017
Scientists have identified an extinct species of mini-dolphin that lived over 30 million years ago.
Toyota has patented a 'cloaking device'
8-23-2017
The car manufacturer is aiming to use a form of cloaking technology to improve driver visibility.
Extinction asteroid caused an 18-month winter
8-23-2017
Scientists have revealed the immense destructiveness of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.
'Orange UFO' sighted over Somerset, England
8-22-2017
The peculiar aerial phenomenon was captured on camera by Jeremy Le Fevre on Saturday evening.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Top 5 alien invaders
Posted 8-23-2017 | 0 comments
A look at some invasive species that have turned up in places they shouldn't be.
 
Mass robot dance
Posted 8-22-2017 | 1 comment
More than 1,000 programmable Dobi robots bopped in sync during this world record attempt.
 
How to watch the eclipse
Posted 8-21-2017 | 8 comments
Staring at the Sun is dangerous. Here's how to watch the eclipse without damaging your eyes.
 
The napkin ring problem
Posted 8-20-2017 | 0 comments
Why is it that any two 'napkin rings' cut from any sizes of spherical object will have equal volume ?
 
Why don't we use our parent's names?
Posted 8-19-2017 | 2 comments
Why do we call our parents mom and dad instead of using their actual names ?
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
A night that I will never forget
8-18-2017 | Massena, NY
 
Shapeshifter
8-18-2017 | Cranbrook British Columbia
 
Ghost experiences ?
8-11-2017 | United States
 
 
 
My real, true experiences
7-26-2017 | New Zealand
 
Incoming call
7-26-2017 | B.T. Collins Park: Folsom, CA
 
Three knocks woke me up twice
7-26-2017 | Virginia
 
Spider signs
7-21-2017 | Michigan
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ