Health, appearance, and cleft palate.
From all sorts of research on Tut’s mummified remains, we also know something about his health:
Examination of King Tut’s body has revealed previously unknown deformations in the king’s left foot, caused by necrosis of bone tissue.The painful affliction forced King Tut to walk with the use of a cane, many of which were found in his tomb, however it would not have been a life-threatening affliction.“
And we’ll see soon, a club foot is also in the mix. Soo, it’s quite a stretch to make Tut out to be a warrior as the miniseries does.
How does the mini-series end?
In the third part of Spike’s miniseries “Tut,” the High Priest of Amun leads a revolt against Tutankhamun while Ankhesenamun plots to get rid of Suhad.
He allows Mittani prince to visit Egypt and offer terms.
However, Tutankhamun’s enemy boasts that he will take Thebes and allow the inhabitants to become part of their empire, if they so wish.
Needless to say, Tutankhamun is furious and tells the Mitanni prince that he will burn Egypt’s crops himself before he ever allows the enemy to take over the capital.
After the prince leaves, the Pharaoh confers with his advisors and comes up with a plan.
He pretends to give the Mitanni prince a peace offering, but Tutankhamun knows the secret entrance to the Mitanni capitol and makes the decision to lead his army in a sneak attack.
. . . O[n] the battlefield, the Mitanni soldiers are drinking heavily and don’t notice the explosives hidden in the wagons.
Using the secret path [his paramour] Suhad showed him, Tutankhamun has his archers ignite their arrows and set the explosives off in the middle of the army’s camp. He then leads a small
band of warriors into the Mitanni palace and winds up killing their rulers, which earns him the respect of General Horemheb.
Unfortunately, the Mitanni prince broke Tutankhamun’s leg in battle before he was killed and the Pharaoh is grievously wounded.
Instead of tending to his injury, Tutankhamun orders Lagus to return to Thebes at once.
. . . However, Tutankhamun’s leg is badly injured and infection has already set in. [He dies.]
. . . The miniseries ends with the new rulers Ay and Ankhesenamun burying Tutankhamun in a tomb meant for another person before the sands of time sweep over the site.
So what do we really know about Tut’s death?
Here’s more of what Wikipedia says:
“There are no surviving records of Tutankhamun’s final days. What caused Tutankhamun’s death has been the subject of considerable debate. Major studies have been conducted in an effort to establish the cause of death. There is some evidence, advanced by Harvard microbiologist Ralph Mitchell, that his burial may have been hurried. Mitchell reported that dark brown splotches on the decorated walls of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber suggested that he had been entombed even before the paint had a chance to dry.
Although there is some speculation that Tutankhamun was assassinated, the consensus is that his death was accidental. A CT scan taken in 2005 showed that he had suffered a left leg fracture shortly before his death, and that the leg had become infected. DNA analysis conducted in 2010 showed the presence of malaria in his system, leading to the belief thatmalaria and Köhler disease II combined led to his death. On 14 September 2012, ABC News presented a further theory about Tutankhamun’s death, developed by lecturer and surgeon Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, who believed that temporal lobe epilepsy caused a fatal fall which also broke Tutankhamun’s leg.
In June 2010, German scientists said they believed there was evidence that he had died of sickle cell disease. Other experts, however, rejected the hypothesis of homozygous sickle cell disease based on survival beyond the age of 5 and the location of the osteonecrosis which is characteristic of Freiberg-Kohler syndrome rather than sickle-cell disease. Research conducted in 2005 by archaeologists, radiologists, and geneticists, who performed CT scans on the mummy found that he was not killed by a blow to the head, as previously thought. New CT images discovered congenital flaws, which are more common among the children of incest. Siblings are more likely to pass on twin copies of harmful genes, which is why children of incest more commonly manifest genetic defects. It is suspected he also had a partially cleft palate, another congenital defect.
Various other diseases, invoked as possible explanations to his early demise, included Marfan syndrome, Wilson-Turner X-linked mental retardation syndrome, Fröhlich syndrome (adiposogenital dystrophy), Klinefelter syndrome, androgen insensitivity syndrome, aromatase excess syndrome in conjunction with sagittal craniosynostosis syndrome, Antley–Bixler syndrome or one of its variants, and temporal lobe epilepsy.
A research team, consisting of Egyptian scientists Yehia Gad and Somaia Ismail from the National Research Centre in Cairo, conducted further CT scans […and ] have rejected the hypothesis of gynecomastia and craniosynostoses (e.g., Antley-Bixler syndrome) or Marfan syndrome, but an accumulation of malformations in Tutankhamun’s family was evident [including club foot]…
In late 2013, Egyptologist Dr. Chris Naunton and scientists from the Cranfield Institute performed a “virtual autopsy” of Tutankhamun, revealing a pattern of injuries down one side of his body. Car-crash investigators then created computer simulations of chariot accidents. Naunton concluded that Tutankhamun was killed in a chariot crash: a chariot smashed into him while he was on his knees, shattering his ribs and pelvis.
Naunton also referenced Howard Carter’s records of the body having been burnt. Working with anthropologist Dr. Robert Connolly and forensic archaeologist Dr. Matthew Ponting, Naunton produced evidence that Tutankhamun’s body was burnt while sealed inside his coffin. Embalming oils combined with oxygen and linen had caused a chemical reaction, creating temperatures of more than 200 °C. Naunton said, “The charring and possibility that a botched mummification led to the body spontaneously combusting shortly after burial was entirely unexpected.”
A further investigation, in 2014, revealed that it was unlikely he had been killed in a chariot accident. Scans found that all but one of his bone fractures, including those to his skull, had been inflicted after his death. The scans also showed that he had a partiallyclubbed foot and would have been unable to stand unaided, thus making it unlikely he ever rode in a chariot; this was supported by the presence of many walking sticks among the contents of his tomb. Instead, it is believed that genetic defects arising from his parents being siblings, complications from a broken leg and his suffering from malaria, together caused his death.“
Reasons for Tut’s cleft and health issues.
Check out my next blog for these and the shocking info about Egyptians photoshopping Tut’s stepmom, the beautiful Nefertiti.