BBC documentary offers new theory of King Tut’s death

BBC documentary “Tutankhamen: The Truth Uncovered”: new theory of pharaoh’s death


Digitally generated image of King Tut © Alamy/BBC

BBC has recently aired a documentary on the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, son of Akhenaten whom some consider to have inaugurated monotheism with the worship of the sun god Aten. Tutankhamen, also popularly known as King Tut, reigned during the late 14th century BC while he was a teenager. His tomb was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, revealing priceless treasures such as the gold burial mask (left) that has now become one of the most famous icons of ancient Egypt. The documentary, ambitiously titled “Tutankhamen: The Truth Uncovered,” aims to offer a new theory of the pharaoh’s death. It refutes, for instance, the chariot fall theory, on the basis that the pharaoh could not have ridden it due to his club foot and Köhler disease. Much of the documentary relies on a recent study completed less than a decade ago, which performed a DNA analysis and gathered some 2,000 CT scan images of King Tut’s mummified body. The documentary also offers a digitally generated portrait of the pharaoh (left). Despite the advanced technology used in the study, certain specialists in the field have expressed reservations about the results, according to Egyptologist Bob Brier at Long Island University.

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