I’ve mentioned I almost got an archaeology degree before deciding archaeology and I weren’t a good match. More specifically, I wanted to get a degree in Egyptology.
I’ve had people tell me I was born in the wrong century, which isn’t true. I like modern toilets, modern showers, and I’m really glad computers and computer games exist as well as modern medicine. I’m not hot on the idea of trepanning to solve migraines, although that was a cure for migraines in Ancient Egypt. I don’t know how often they went wrong or how often they pulled it off. Since Nadine has my luck, it would be a semi-successful. I’d live, I’d probably retain my facilities, but having a whole in my skull would cause me more migraines not fewer. That’s just how the universe treats me.
I’m not talking about the Curse of Tutankhamen. I don’t believe in it. The deaths connected with opening Tut’s tomb weren’t all that prolific, they were just noteworthy because of who they happened to. Dozens of people have died from gangrene as a result of infected shaving wounds and etc. I’m talking about the burial of King Tut himself.
We have always believed Tutankhamen died unexpectedly. The strongest evidence is his age and the evidence on his mummy that indicates injury close to the time of his death. Then there’s the burial itself. The outer sarcophagus has a much different face than the inner sarcophagus. Mismatched sarcophagi is a faux pas in Ancient Egypt. And for the burial as someone as important as the Pharaoh, it wasn’t an accident that just wasn’t caught… It was done like this for a reason and the most likely reason, his sarcophagus wasn’t ready. Oh and neither sarcophagus matches the bone structure of King Tut. This means that gold mask image everyone associates with Tut is probably not Tut.
Sadly for Tut, he wasn’t nearly so attractive as the person in the gold mask. We are fairly sure that Tut had a cleft palate and was moderately deformed. We also know he had an elongated skull of the type popular with Ancient Alien theorists.
Tut like a fair number of Ancient Egyptian royalty was probably fairly inbred. There is some debate on this since we aren’t entirely sure that Akhenaten was Tutankhamen’s father and we know that Nefertiti is not his mother. Anyway, he was buried in sarcophagi that weren’t his. Modern research on both sarcophagi have revealed that Tut’s name was put over a different name, which just adds more proof that they weren’t designed for him.
Parentage issues: Tut has been DNA tested and he is the son of the body found in KV55 (Valley of the Kings Tomb 55). Only, the body in KV55 is almost definitely not Akhenaten. I’ve mentioned before that history hates to change itself based on anything as inconvenient as evidence that doesn’t fit the accepted theories… XRays of Tut show he has an elongated skull, most likely a genetic defect as opposed to head binding, which is the most common cause of it. Reliefs of Akhenaten shows he also has an elongated skull. So placing him as Tut’s father makes sense, except we can’t find Akhenaten’s body and the body in KV55 does not have an elongated skull like depicted on Akhenaten.
That means either Akhenaten was given the elongated skull in pictures after his death because people hated him and wanted him more closely associated with Tut or what? There’s no reason to draw Akhenaten with a misshapen head unless he had a misshapen head.
Tut was buried in KV62. Since the numbers are the order in which the tombs were discovered, not the order they were put into the ground, 62 and 55 may be connected. Interestingly, a second tomb KV56 is thought to originally have been destined for Tut, but the death of Ay as a child necessitated Ay getting a tomb already in progress and a new one being built for Tut. Ay was theoretically supposed to be Tut’s successor, which meant Ay dying first was most inconvenient for the necropolis keepers in the Valley of the Kings. More confusing, occasionally tombs were reused. Which makes the burial of Akhenaten more interesting.
Recently high resolution scans of Tutankhamen’s tomb has revealed a possible doorway in the main chamber that has yet to be opened. Some suspect that Akhenaten was buried in their to keep his mummy safe after death. It wouldn’t be the first time someone had dug up a Pharaoh’s mummy for the sole purpose of desecrating it.
Also, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings all share some features, like magical books pointed towards the cardinal directions that protect the pharaoh… four per tomb. Makes sense really. Except there was a fifth in Tut’s tomb that did not face any special direction. It was just kind of sitting on the floor of the treasury when the door was opened, facing the door. We haven’t found a single tomb that has a magic book facing the door of the treasury, except Tut’s and contrary to popular opinion, while Tut’s tomb was the most intact yet found, it was visited by grave robbers or possibly Roman vandals. There was evidence that his tomb had been disturbed before Carter and his crew opened it, the door had been resealed at least once in the past when Carter opened it.
Chances are good, I’ll be in my 50s before they release any verified information on the Mummy inside the Black Sarcophagus. This does assume that the sarcophagus does contain a mummy. Some have been discovered that contained cat mummies, dog mummies, bird mummies, and gold. Which means the black sarcophagus might not contain Alexander Helios or Akhenaten or anything human. While we wait, it will become a talking point for Ancient Alien theorists.