In 1968, archeologists announced that analysis of the mummyof the boy king Tut revealed that he was murdered, settingup a theory of high intrigue among the ancient Pharaohs. Butnew studies show that he actually died from complicationsfrom a broken leg, which probably was an accident.
A CT scan on Tut's 3,300 year-old mummified body shows thathe broke his neck shortly before his death at age 19, whenthe wound became infected. King Tut, whose actual name wasTutankhamun, died in 1343 BC. His tomb, which was discoveredin 1922 by two British archeologists, was still filled withover 5,000 artifacts, many made of gold and precious stones.This was extremely unusual, since grave robbing has longbeen common in Egypt.
When his mummy was x-rayed in 1968, a shard of bone was seeninside his skull, and reseachers assumed this came from ablow to the head. Some theorized that he was assassinated bythe army commander who succeeded him. Since Tut succeededAkhenaten, who brought monotheism, the worship of a singleGod, to Egypt, some people theorized that Tut was killed tobring back polytheism.
BBC News reports that it's now thought that the bone shardwas broken off during mummification.
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