Recently, studies using a CT medical scanner revealed that
Tutankhamun suffered a badly broken leg, just above his knee shortly
before he died. Now further evidence has come to light suggesting
that he suffered the fracture while hunting game from a chariot.
The mystery behind the sudden death of Tutankhamun, the boy king
who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago (1333-1324 BC), may have
been finally solved by scientists who believe that he fell from a
fast-moving chariot while out hunting in the desert.
Speculation surrounding Tutankhamun's death has been rife since
his tomb was discovered in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter.
X-rays of the mummy taken in 1968 indicated a swelling at the base
of the skull, suggesting that the boy pharaoh was killed by a blow
to the head.
More recent studies using a CT medical scanner, however,
revealed he suffered a badly broken leg, just above his knee just
before he died. That in turn probably led to lethal blood poisoning.
Now further evidence has come to light suggesting that he suffered
the fracture while hunting game from a chariot.
The new findings are still circumstantial but one of Egypt's
leading experts on Tutankhamun said in a television documentary
screened this week that he believes the case is now solved on how
the boy king met his sudden and unexpected end.
"He was not murdered as many people thought. He had an accident
when he was hunting in the desert. Falling from a chariot made this
fracture in his left leg and this really is in my opinion how he
died," said Zahi Hawass, general secretary of Egypt's Supreme
Council of Antiquities.