Monday, November 08, 2010

Tutankhamun chest injury

Heritage Key (Owen Jarus)

A new study shows that Tutankhamun, Egypt’s famous “boy-king” who died around the age of 18, suffered a “massive crushing tearing injury to his chest” that likely would have killed him.

X-rays and CT scans have previously shown that the pharaoh’s heart, chest wall, the front part of his sternum and adjacent ribs, are missing. In Ancient Egypt the heart was like the brain and removing it was something that was not done.

“The heart, considered the seat of reason, emotion, memory and personality, was the only major organ intentionally left in the body,” writes Dr. Robert Ritner in the book Ancient Egypt.

The new research was done by Dr. Benson Harer, a medical doctor with an Egyptology background, who was given access to nearly 1700 CT scan images of Tut that were taken by a team of Egyptian scientists in 2005. Dr. Zahi Hawass, head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, gave permission for the work.


AliceG said...

Will it never end! There are only so many ways for this poor man to die. However, there is something to be said for the condition of the chest when Carter found him. If only we had a time machine and could go back, find out what really happened and put an end to all these different opinions.

Gordon Napier said...

I'd heard before that the chest of Tutankhamun was actually intact when the mummy was first discovered, and that it disappeared subsequently, possibly during WW2, when looters tried to pull off the beads that were stuck to it. That said I can't imagine a medical examination missing the fact that the chest injury occurred thousands of years post mortem. His penis also seems to have vanished since the original discovery.

AliceG said...

Thought they found the penis, under the body. The more I think about this the more I don't understand why this was not NOTICED during the C-scan. I mean, DUH

Pastor Mark Charles Anderson said...

Actually, Tut's chest was crushed in a fall from the open door of a spacecraft while meeting with alien visitors at the pyramids. I know this because it came to me in a dream from a past life.

There, that should put an end to the speculation!...ha!

AliceG said...

Pastor, you were not supposed to tell! You promised them you wouldn't tell! Now everybody will know the truth.

John Bright said...

The chest was intact when the body was unwrapped. The damage is thought to have taken place in World War II when security in The Valley was lax. So this "discovery" is yet another piece of misinformation. The penis was intact when the body was unwrapped too, so if it is missing or in a detached state, this is further damage caused by all the unnecessary handling of the body.Leave the king to rest in peace: if he were a Christian or Muslim saint, there would be an outcry at the way he is ttreated.