Scientists who performed a CT scan of the mummy of Pharaoh Tutankhamen are debunking the claim that Tut was murdered by a blow to the head.
The scans, the first ever performed on an identified royal Egyptian mummy, “finally lay to rest this rather loosely based conjecture about a murder plot. I don’t think that anyone who reads the findings as they are written can believe that any longer,” said Dr. David Mininberg, a New York City physician who also holds a degree in Middle Eastern Art and is an expert in the medicine of ancient Egypt.
The bone fragments found inside the skull are apparently vertebrae, probably caused when the face mask was prised away from the mummy. Researchers believe the early death of Tutankhamen (aged 19) was probably caused by a festering leg wound.