A new theory for the death of King Tut

What killed the young Pharaoh Tutankhamen? Theories have ranged from assassination plots to epilepsy, but a new analysis of injuries visible on his mummy suggests that a chariot race accident might have been to blame.

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  1. Killed while driving his chariot?

    I bet he was texting.

  2. Ratel says:

    Why a race? The bit I saw on this suggested he was deliberately run over during battle. This seems more likely to me, since the damage was to his front: he was facing the wheel which hit him.

  3. xzzy says:

    Because he was 19 years old, and racing the bucket of rust their parents gave them for transportation is all kids of that age do.

  4. The dude's skeleton is a bit of a mess; his sternum and lower ribcage went missing some time between the first examination and later re-exhumations. Even his height is uncertain, because the first grave-robbers archaeologists 'disarticulated' the mummy in the process of removing its jewellery.

    The 'surfeit of hippopotamus' theory still enjoys currency among egyptologists. Personally I blame the Curse of the Pharaohs, which predicts an early death for anyone whose tomb is later disturbed by Howard Carter.

  5. Even worse: sexting.

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