Research shows that that these characteristics ran in the family, and that Tutankhamun’s parents were definitely siblings. (In ancient Egypt it was believed that incest kept the bloodline pure.) He also may have suffered from inherited temporal lobe epilepsy, which could be why he and his relatives were known for having religious visions. Source
King Tut was buried with a dagger made of an iron that literally came from space, says a new study into the composition of the iron blade from the sarcophagus of the boy king.
Using non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a team of Italian and Egyptian researchers confirmed that the iron of the dagger placed on the right thigh of King Tut’s mummified body has meteoric origin.
The team, which include researchers from Milan Polytechnic, Pisa University and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, detailed their results in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.
The weapon, now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, was described in 1925 by Howard Carter, who three years before had discovered the treasure-packed tomb, as “a highly ornamented gold dagger with crystal knob.” Read more.
King Tut had a space dagger.
An X-ray analysis of Tutankhamun’s
dagger blade revealed not only that
it was made of an iron meteorite, but
that the material actually came from
the Kharga meteorite, which fell to
Egypt thousands of years ago. SourceSource 2Source 3
Tutankhamun’s beautiful golden mask, the embodiment of a man secure in his power, has been flattering the pharaoh for many centuries, according to the most detailed image yet of the teenage king’s face and body.
In the flesh, King Tut had a club foot, a pronounced overbite and girlish hips, says a “virtual autopsy” built using more than 2,000 computerized tomography (CT) scans of the pharaoh’s body. Learn more