According to a report on NPR’s Morning Edition (March 9, 2005) new scientific tests reveal that the boy-king probably did not die of a lethal blow to the head as previously thought.

“One of the great mysteries of ancient Egypt has just become a little less mysterious. Scientists who’ve been studying the 3,300-year-old mummy of King Tutankhamen say computerized scans contradict the long-held theory that a blow to the head killed the boy pharaoh.”

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King Tut
The mummy of King Tut is prepared for scanning. The CT scan took place outside Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt. National Geographic © 2005

According to the February 10th 2006, All Things Considered on NPR:

Dr. Lorelei Corcoran discusses with Robert Siegel the recent findings from the archeological dig at Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The Egyptologist and the director of the Institute for Egyptian Art and Archeology was at the site today and is the academic sponsor of the dig.

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New Tomb in the Valley of the Kings web site

Wooden mummy cases are shown with ceremonial storage jars in a newfound tomb on February 10, 2006. The tomb is the first discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings since 1922. Source

According to NPR on All Things Considered, June 2, 2006:Figs

The discovery of figs in an 11,400-year-old house near the ancient city of Jericho may be evidence that cultivated crops came centuries before the first farmers planted cereal grains.

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According to NPR, July 17th, 2006 – Morning Edition

The University of Chicago is fighting an attempt to seize thousands of ancient, clay tablets from their Oriental Institute. The tablets were brought to Chicago for study in 1937. American survivors of a bombing in Jerusalem nearly a decade ago want the tablets auctioned off as compensation for the attack, which they blame on Iran. But both Iran and the U.S. government say current law does not permit the tablets to be sold.


The OIM web site says this about their tablets: “The collection comprises thousands of original clay tablets inscribed in cuneiform, plus a large number of casts of such tablets excavated by Oriental Institute expeditions but now housed elsewhere.”
Tablets in OIM
Tablet in OIM