Mystery of Tutankhamun's death solved
|Tutankhamun burst into flame inside his sarcophagus because of a chemical reaction|
from the chemicals he was embalmed with [Credit: Alamy]
Now British experts think they have solved the riddle of the king's death. They believe injuries on his body are akin to those sustained in a chariot accident and that his mummification was botched.
|Researchers confirmed his body was burnt while sealed in his coffin after|
testing a fragment of his flesh [Credit: PA]
Working with forensic archaeologist Dr Matthew Ponting, Dr Connolly used a scanning electron microscope to determine that the flesh had been burnt. Subsequent chemical tests confirmed that Tutankhamun's body was burnt while sealed inside his coffin.
|This picture shows the boy king's charred feet [Credit: PA]|
Working with scientists from the Cranfield Forensic Institute, researchers performed a "virtual autopsy" which revealed a pattern of injuries down one side of his body. Their investigation also explains why King Tut's mummy was the only pharaoh to be missing its heart: it had been damaged beyond repair.
|Not only did his skeleton have broken ribs but it was lacking a sternum,|
breastbone, and heart [Credit: PA]
Author: Jonathan Owen | Source: The Independent [November 03, 2013]
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