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Tutankhamun's burial mask
Tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings

Tutankhamun (sometimes called King Tut) was a Pharaoh (like a king) of Ancient Egypt from about 1334 BC to 1323 BC. He became Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (royal family) during the New Kingdom at 9 years old. Tutankhamun ruled for 9 years and died very young, at 18, so he is known as The Boy King. He was married to his half-sister Ankhesenamun, daughter of Queen Nefertiti, his step mother.

Recent studies of his body using CT scans and DNA tests, show that he was a very frail person who probably needed a walking stick. Scientists now believe he died from a broken leg, made more complicated by bone disease and malaria.[1] Before this discovery there were many theories about his early death including murder. It is quite certain that he was infected by several strains of malaria, and very likely that he had some genetic defects caused by inbreeding. His parents were brother and sister.[2] The final cause of his death is still unclear.

New galleries in Cairo Museum[change | change source]

Four new halls in the Tutankhamun Gallery have been opened in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hasan, Lama (2010). "How King Tut died revealed in new study". ABC World News. ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/LivingLonger/king-tut-died-revealed-study/story?id=9853119#.UMT1DOR4xiN. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  2. Hawass Z. et al 2010. Ancestry and pathology in King Tutankhamun's family. Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo, Egypt. JAMA. 303(7):638-47. [1]
  3. BBC News: Egypt unveils renovated Tutankhamun gallery. [2]