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Was King Tut killed in a chariot accident ?

By T.K. Randall
November 3, 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)


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Comment icon #6 Posted by susieice 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
..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 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
Yup.. I was just as surprised
Comment icon #10 Posted by susieice 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
Yup this would have killed him back then
Comment icon #12 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
THE WINGED PHARAOH is a story that really mirrors this concept,
Comment icon #13 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
Some say he was killed by a hippo while hunting..


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