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Final King Tut Essay

Irvin Safavi 2/15/13 History Stickel

In 1922, Howard Carter was exploring and found the biggest discovery of his life. Carter discovered a golden tomb that belonged to the long deceased pharaoh, King Tutankhamen. King Tut most likely liked animals, board games, and chariots as his tomb showed it when he was young. He was believed to an ill boy as shown as the various walking sticks than was found in his tomb. Young Tut was the pharaoh of Egypt when he was just about eight years old. At this time Egypt was angry and chaotic because his father, Pharaoh Akhenaten, changed the Egyptian religion from polytheism to monotheism. He also moved the capital from Thebes to Armana. Tut now had to control the anger the pharaoh before him made at a very young age. Tut tried and changed his named to Tutankhamen and his wifes name to Ankhesenum, to reflect Amun relics. At 18 years old the pharaoh died. No one knows about how King Tuts untimely demise occurred. A large controversy of how the boy kings death occurred. Some believe it was natural causes, and some other think it was murder King Tuts DNA conditions indicate malaria and Leiomyoma. Much earlier in 1960, Dr. R.G. Harrison examined Tuts leg to find a dreadfully broken leg. Many people believe a broken bone couldnt kill Tut, but Dr. Zahi Hawass believed this was a serious accident and resulted in a major wound. In a recent article, Dr. Hawass2 claims that died of natural causes, this could have infected the malaria. It also shows that his disease ran in the family. There are various canes in his tomb. Dr. Hawass

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found many different things to support the thought of Natural Causes, but it is unknown if that and the broken leg really caused Tuts end. The murder of Tutankhamen could have been from a villager around the area who was angry at King Tutankhamens ruling and hit the Pharaoh with a blunt object. Tuts father, Akhenaten, changed the religious system from Polytheism to Monotheism and changed the capital too. For that, the country of Egypt was furious at him and his son. Tut tried to restore what his father caused, but could not complete it. The villagers might have wanted to get revenge, but Akhenaten was already dead, so they murdered the young king for his fathers cause. In his book1, The murder of Tutankhamen Bob Brier1 makes the claim that the boy pharaoh was murdered. Dr. R. G. Harrison found awful dark mass in the skull x-ray, which indicated a severe blood clot. It is possible the King had been murdered with a hard object hit against his head to cause the foul play. Tuts demise could have been through revenge of his people. However, if they wanted to kill him; they, in my opinion, would have done it earlier in the time. They wouldnt have waited 10 long years in his reign to eliminate Tutankhamen; they would kill him earlier. The two sides of the death are both persuading, but after looking at closer evidence of his broken leg and other recent studies, I believe the young king died of natural causes. Scientists have found Tuts leg cracked and chipped. I think this happened of an accident Tut was in, and infected malaria. There was no antidote or cure for his condition so the boy Pharaoh had to accept death. There has been found canes in Tuts tomb, also. I believe this isnt foul play because the evidence doesnt add up. It doesnt seem plausible that they would wait 10 years to get revenge. The

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blood clot on the back of his head could have been from Carters hasty removing of Tut from his tomb and damaged the back of the head. In final analysis, it is very explicit and clear a severely broken leg by natural causes, killed King Tut, and there wasnt any sorts of medicine to cure him with. There were many walking canes found in Tuts Tomb, which implied the leg problems with Tut. In the newest studies, master surgeons, found Tuts DNA conditions were infected with Malaria, the strongest evidence of the poor leg. Murder seems unlikely because they would have killed Tut earlier than 10 years. King Tut, the boy pharaoh, will be known for his extremely mysterious and early death. His demise has separated scientists to two completely different sides. Still to this day, surgeons around the world take a shot to best explain their side, and the other side will argue. This is especially hard, because the body was taken out with little care. The world will never truly know if it was murder or natural causes took Tut, even with amazing technology; except for the King himself, King Tutankhamen.

1. Brier, Bob. The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story. New York: Putnam, 1998. Print. 2. Hawass, Z., Y. Z. Gad, S. Ismail, R. Khairat, D. Fathalla, N. Hasan, A. Ahmed, H. Elleithy, M.
Ball, F. Gaballah, S. Wasef, M. Fateen, H. Amer, P. Gostner, A. Selim, A. Zink, and C. M. Pusch. "Ancestry and Pathology in King Tutankhamun's Family." JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 303.7 (2010): 638-47. Print1

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