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


Site of Pharoah's dentistsThieves last week led archaeologists to the graves of three royal dentists, located near to the Step Pyramid of King Djoser, believed to to be Egypt’s oldest pyramid.

Hawass told reporters that the tombs date back more than 4,000 years to the 5th Dynasty. They were meant to honor a chief dentist and two others who treated the pharaohs and their families.

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The Armchair Archaeologists says: I’ve always wondered if the Egyptian-elite (i.e., the Pharoahic class) had access to any kind of advanced healthcare when it comes to dental problems. I’ve read that many mummies have been discovered – mummies of Pharoahs even – with horrible tooth decay remains. Ouch! Can you imagine having to endure the pain of bad tooth decay for years?

Mummy dearest? Recent scholarship is changing thinking about female pharaoh Hatshepsut, whom Egyptologists once called “the vilest type of usurper.”

See full article in Smithsonian Magazine

Queen Hatshepsut
Numerous colossal statues of the pharaoh once adorned the terraces of her temple at Deir el-Bahri. In the one above, Hatshepsut is depicted wearing the tall white crown of Upper Egypt.