DNA Tests Set for Baby Girls in King Tut's Tomb

Was mummy a daddy?
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2008 2:53 AM CDT
DNA tests are to be performed on the mummified remains of two babies found in the tomb of Tutankhamun but never publicly displayed.   (AP Photo/Supreme Council of Antiquities)
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(Newser) – The 3,000-year-old mummified remains of two stillborn baby girls found in King Tutankhamun's tomb will undergo DNA testing to dermine their relationship to Egypt's famous boy king and Queen Nefertiti. The babies' remains were discovered in Tut's tomb in 1922 but never publicly displayed, reports the BBC.

Some researchers believe the babies' mother was Nefertiti's daughter Ankhesenamun, Tut's half-sister, who is thought to have married Tut when he was 12. There's no evidence the couple had any surviving children. "For the first time we will be able to identify the family of King Tut," said the head of Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities.