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Tut-tutting for King Tut

Original post made by dolores ciardelli, editor of Danville Express, on Feb 18, 2010

Poor King Tut. Ridden with malaria and a degenerative bone condition. And no royal physicians that could help. Maybe they should have focused on malaria instead of embalming.

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Posted by Donna Hyora
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

The tongue in cheek commentary is cute, but getting the names mixed up could confuse your readers. Perhaps you were privy only to an AP summary of the DNA findings. It is a bit confusing. National Geographic's site provides a few more details than some press releases. It said that Tutankhamun's mother, identified as the mummy customarily referred to as the Younger Lady in Amenhotep II's tomb, was a full sister to his father, Akhenaten. Their parents were Amenhotep III and Tiye. Kiya might not be totally ruled out as Tut's mother, but so far they have no evidence that she is a daughter of Amenhotep III and Tiye. Tut's mother's mummy's name is not yet known.

I personally appreciate learning the actual humanity of such a historic figure. New dramas can now play up to the tragedy of the flawed body of an otherwise charming young king.

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Posted by Dolores Ciardelli
editor of Danville Express
on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:07 am

Dolores Ciardelli is a registered user.

Apparently the DNA study of the children mummified in King Tut's tomb did confirm them to be the daughters of Tut and his wife Ankhesenamun. The studies also showed that Tutankhaman had a cleft palate and a clubfoot.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist and vice minister of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, is going to deliver a lecture March 8, “Mysteries of Tutankhamun Revealed,” at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. He will present the findings of the recently announced CT scan and DNA study, “Ancestry and Pathology of King Tut’s Family,” published in the Feb. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Tickets for the lecture are $15 (general admission) and available on