I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. Pyramids, pharaohs and political conspiracy have always been an irresistible topic for me, ever since I was a kid.
Today I happened to be searching for new developments regarding ancient Egypt and came across a story about two fetuses that were found with King Tutankhamun’s body. Experts are saying the fetuses could have been his twin children, while some believe they were buried with him as a symbol to allow the king to live on as a newborn in the afterlife. So cool.
One of the twins’ blood groupings was compared to those of King Tut in the 1970s.‚ The results favored a relation between them.‚ It is now believed that the fetuses were twins, and were carried by King Tut’s wife, Ankhesenamun.
The “boy king” who supposedly died at the age of 19 is one of today’s most popular pharaohs.‚ The mystery surrounding his death has evolved since his finding; initially it was believed that he was murdered since experts found what they thought was evidence of a blow to the back of his head.
In 2005, scientists concluded that there was no evidence of any foul play regarding his death, and that the injury to his head was caused by a drill during the embalming process. After much debate, the Egyptian team of scientists concluded that King Tut died of gangrene after an infection ravaged a fracture in his leg.
Ancient Egyptian societies, in my opinion, are the most fascinating and creative in history.‚ The combination of monarchies, rulers, conspiracies, and architectural brilliance make our political and social lives seem all the more mundane.
Of course it was much less civilized, but as an outsider looking in, it’s very, very cool.