A DNA study revealed today the 19-year-old died from complications from a broken leg that was exacerbated by malaria. The study is based on two years of DNA testing and CT scans of 16 mummies, including Tutankhamun's. It has managed to identify a number of mummies from King Tut's family tree. These include 'KV35EL' - or Tiye and the KV55 mummy, which is probably Akhenaten, father of Tutankhamun. A mummy previously known as KV35YL is likely to be Tutankhamun's mother, although her identity is still shrouded in mystery.
Documents show that Howard Carter cheated on many counts, manipulating photographs, forging documentation on the discovery and deceiving the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Objects in several museums have now been revealed to belong to Tutankhamun's treasures.
The project to restore the tomb is the latest collaboration between Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Los Angeles-based Getty Conservation Institute, which in the past restored nearby tombs and designed airtight cases to display Egypt's mummies. The conservation plan will involve a two-year research period to determine the causes of deterioration, followed by three years of implementation. The SCA said it had yet to decide how long the tomb would be closed during that time.
Cairo University inaugurated a new DNA lab to find clues of mummies' family links. The lab is the second of its kind in Egypt. The priority of the new lab, said Hawass, is "to study the family tree of Tutankhamun, as we do not know who was his father, and where his mother's mummy was buried. We will announce key information about Tutankhamun's family link next August, after comparing the results from the two labs"
A Kurdish archaeological expedition announced on Thursday that it had found a small statue of pharaoh Tutankhamun in northern Iraq, a Kurdish news agency reported. Hassan Ahmed, the director of the local antiquities authority, told the Kurdish news agency Akanews that archaeologists had found a 12-centimeter statue of the ancient Egyptian king in the valley of Dahuk, 470 kilometres north of Baghdad, near a site that locals have long called Pharaoh's Castle.
An inscribed limestone block found in a storeroom at el Ashmunein shows that Tutankhamun was the child of Akhenaten. The stone block was used in the construction of the temple of Thoth during the reign of Ramesses II. See also: http://www.freshnews.in/stone-inscription-solves-mystery-of-king-tut%E2%...
Professor Robert Connolly, an anatomist who is working with Egyptian authorities to analyse the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh, says that preliminary tests on the mummified remains of the two still-born babies indicate that Tutankhamun may have fathered them both. He will present the new findings at the Pharmacy and Medicine in Ancient Egypt Conference at the University of Manchester today.
In a positive step towards preserving the tomb’s murals, the Supreme Council of Antiquities decided to start a restoration project to preserve these murals in May 1st, 2008. Accordingly it will be closed for one year.
Kohl eye pencil, strip wax, wrinkle remedies – the ancient Egyptians could teach us a thing or two about beauty routines.
Lots of articles about the opening of Tutankhamun exhibition in London and the exhibition itself: