King Tutankhamun might have not died of a chariot crash in the end. A new study has revealed features of the king that had remained obscure until now. They performed a “virtual autopsy” by analysing a life-sized image of King Tut, and found an anomaly in his foot that would have prevented him from riding a chariot to begin with.
The mystery of King Tut unfolds… Or so we think
If man does not have knowledge of a certain issue, be sure that his gut instincts will make him move mountains to find out what has been hiding away from him! But, we have to admit, though, that our thirst for knowledge has been the right ingredient to propel us into fields like science, with all of its sub-fields, like biology, astronomy, and archaeology, the latter focusing on the study of ancient civilisations. One of the main figures of the world of the past remains the ancient Egyptian king, Tutankhamun. The latter has, as though, cast a spell on archaeologists worldwide who have been left bewildered at the mystery of this personality.
From mummy remains to life-sized image
An international team of researchers have carried out a “virtual autopsy” of King Tut. The results of their study are to be presented in a BBC documentary. They used a life-sized image of King Tut which was produced by using more than 2000 CT scans of the remains of the mummy. The virtual King Tut was then closely examined by the scientists, revealing buck teeth and a club foot. That is not all. The silhouette of the image had a girlish appearance.
Why the girlish figure?
A clinical lecturer from the Imperial College London, Hutan Ashrafian, stated that:
“Some of [Tut’s male ancestors] suffered from feminizing features of enlarged breasts and wide hips, according to artistic and sculptural sources, whilst some of his ancestors may also have suffered from likely neurological symptoms. These point to the possibility of an inherited cause of death that may have led to a hormonal imbalance resulting in these feminized features, but also an increased likelihood of fractures derived from nascent disease.”
King Tut walked with a cane?
Yet again, another explanation has been formulated for the death of the mysterious king. One of the major and most widely accepted theories is that King Tut died in a chariot crash. However, the foot deformity that the new study has stumbled across shows that he would have walked with a limp, and likely to have needed a support to carry himself around: how on earth, then, would he have been able to ride a chariot in that state?
Dr. Albert Zink of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, made a statement concerning this issue on the BBC documentary:
“The evaluation of the CT scans clearly points out that it is highly unlikely that he was riding a chariot due to his foot disease and his general bad health.”
The remains exposed a fracture at the left knee. This could have been caused by a simple fall, and is not characteristic of one that would have resulted from a ‘car’ crash, as explained by the scientists.
The power of genetics: King Tut, fruit of incest
The new study also analysed the remains on a genetic plane. The examination confirmed past studies that have hinted at King Tut probably being the product of an incestuous relationship; his parents were perhaps brother and sister. The scientists suggested that this origin of his might have led to his particular anatomy and the knee injury.