What Killed Tut? Scientists Crack the Case

Not-so-coddled boy king fell from a speeding chariot

By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 23, 2007 10:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Scientists may have finally solved the mystery surrounding the death of King Tut: The boy king took a tumble from a speeding chariot while hunting. New CT scans show Tut suffered a broken leg as well as a blow to the head, the Independent reports. Analysis of tomb artifacts suggests the enthusiastic charioteer died in prime hunting season.

The evidence indicates Tut was more of a jock and less the coddled child he has been assumed to be for much of the past century. "He was really out there in the field and taking part in things towards the end of his short life," says a descendant of the man who bankrolled the 1922 expedition that unearthed the pharoah.

In this image released by the Dallas Museum of Art, children from the George Bannerman Dealey Montessori School  cheer the coming of Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of Pharaohs exhibition during a news conference, Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas. The exhibition, scheduled to...
In this image released by the Dallas Museum of Art, children from the George Bannerman Dealey Montessori School cheer the coming of Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of Pharaohs exhibition during a news...   (Associated Press)
Boy-King Tutankhamun may have fallen from a speeding chariot.
Boy-King Tutankhamun may have fallen from a speeding chariot.   (Getty Images)
Britain will host the first exhibition of Tutankhamun's tomb artifacts in 35 years.
Britain will host the first exhibition of Tutankhamun's tomb artifacts in 35 years.   ((c) Zepfanman.com)
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