A senior Egyptian antiquities official, Zahi Hawass, has called
for a new effort to solve the mystery of how the young Pharaoh
The manner of his death has again come into the spotlight after
Dutch researchers who had studied the size of his clothes concluded
that he had suffered from a disease which left substantial fatty
deposits around his hips.
But Zahi Hawass has been quoted in the Egyptian press as saying
that a power struggle over succession, not obesity, was most likely
He said it was time for the case finally to be solved by using
the latest scientific techniques to study the king's mummy.
Tutankhamun 'was ill'
The magnificent contents of Tutankhamun's tomb, discovered in
1922, have ensured an abiding interest in the life and mysterious
death of the young pharaoh.
His death still intrigues scholars and the public
An exhibition based on more than 400 items of clothing found in
his burial chamber is currently touring Europe.
The director of the Tutankhamun Wardrobe Project at Leiden
University in Holland says the clothes are not only a treasure-trove
of ancient fashion. They also reveal that the pharaoh - thought to
have been only eighteen at the time of his death - was ill.