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July 29,2013

King Tutankhamen better known as King Tut was a ruler of ancient Egypt in 1343 B.C. At an early age King Tut inherited the throne. However King Tut did not rule the New Kingdom for more than a decade, before he died at a young age before his 20th birthday (King Tut Fun Facts, 2013). Since the tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 more than 90 year old ago. The question has been how did the young ruler die? Was he murdered? Or did he die from an injury or illness?
There are many mysteries of King Tutankhamen’s death theories though out the years. One of the popular theories of King Tut’s death would be the murder theory. Many suggested that he was murder possibly from begin fatally hit from the behind because of an x-ray in 1968 of King Tut’s skull indicated sign of bone fragment lost (Rattini, 2013). There were only a few servants that could benefit from the King Tut’s death. One of the close advisor named Ay would mostly likely kill he out of greed or/and to gain power of the throne. Later an Egyptologist named Bob Brier believe this theories because of a ring found in Cairo in 1931, that show that Ay and Ankhesenamun got married after King Tut’s death because if Ay did not forced her to marry him he would of not inherited the throne (King Tut's Death Remain a Mystery, 2013). Another theory was that King Tut died from a chariot accident when he was hunting in the desert. Zahi Hawass, a National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence who has overseen the recent examination of the pharaoh mummy and he agree with this theory (Stanek, 2013)This theory is backed up with scientist evidence that King Tut had a fracture in his left thigh bone which could have been from him falling from a chariot. Scientist performed a non-invasive CT scan of the remains which showed a thin coating of resin around the leg break that possibly happen before he died. (Lovgren, 2013).The leg fracture could have caused an infection and other complication which resulted in death.
The theory that best explains the death of King Tutankhamen is the theory that states that King Tut died from the leg fracture. There is scientist evidence that the leg fracture could have been before he died. Another reason is that King Tut tomb contains bow, chariot, arrow and throwing stick which would symbolize that he is a hunter (Williams, 2013). In my opinion, the murder theory was ruled out with CT scan that suggests that there was not a lethal head trauma. The hole in his skull was accustomed to culture which was performed during the mummification for draining purpose (Williams, 2013).
In conclusion, I personally think that no one will ever know what happen to King Tut more than 3,000 years ago. The death of the King Tut will remain a mystery unless he is reincarnated.

References

King Tut Fun Facts. (2013, 07 30). Retrieved from http://cweb.vinu.edu/comp113/spring_2010/cfrick/King%20Tut/tutfacts.htm
King Tut's Death Remain a Mystery. (2013, 7 29). Retrieved from King Tut One: http://www.kingtutone.com/tutankhamun/murder/
Lovgren, S. (2013, 29 7). King Tut Died From Broken Leg . Retrieved from National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061201-king-tut_2.html
Rattini, B. (2013, 7 24). King Tut's Mysterious Death. Retrieved from http://elibrary.bigchalk.comlibdatab.strayer.edu/elibweb/elib/do/document?set+mylist
Stanek, S. (2013, 07 29). King Tut died from a hunting accident. Retrieved from National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/10/071023-king-tut.html
Williams, A. (2013, 7 29). King Tut Revealed. Retrieved from National Geographic: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2005/06/king-tut/williams-text/2

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