King Tut’s Father ID’d in Stone Inscription

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OK, so they tell us something that “we’ve” known all along, does that make “them” geniuses?  Now, if they would only return the body then everyone will be happy campers, f*cking tomb raiders!

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Dec. 17, 2008 — An inscribed limestone block might have solved one of history’s greatest mysteries — who fathered the boy pharaoh King Tut.
“We can now say that Tutankhamun was the child of Akhenaten,” Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Discovery News.The finding offers evidence against another leading theory that King Tut was sired by the minor king Smenkhkare.

Hawass discovered the missing part of a broken limestone block a few months ago in a storeroom at el Ashmunein, a village on the west bank of the Nile some 150 miles south of Cairo.

Once reassembled, the slab has become “an accurate piece of evidence that proves Tut lived in el Amarna with Akhenaten and he married his wife, Ankhesenamun,” while living in el Amarna, Hawass said. Continue reading

King Tut Comes to Atlantis, I Mean Atlanta

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — “Now, come, travel back in time. See where and how these rulers lived,” Harrison Ford’s deep voice beckons just before double doors swing open into a labyrinth of galleries displaying more than 130 ancient Egyptian artifacts.

The recorded introduction a la “Indiana Jones” welcomes visitors to a new exhibit featuring treasures from boy king Tutankhamun’s tomb and artifacts tied to rulers spanning 2,000 years of Egyptian history.

“Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs,” presented by Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, premieres in the United States on Saturday at the Atlanta Civic Center.

An array of objects associated with rulers dating from Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2600 B.C. to 660 B.C.) makes this the largest and most encyclopedic exhibit featuring Egyptian pharaohs presented in the U.S., according to exhibition curator David Silverman, who has worked on other exhibits focusing on Tutankhamun.

“A lot of people, when they hear ‘Tut,’ they think of gold, they think of the mummy, and they think of the discovery — all of which is important. But when you think of more than 300 pharaohs, 31 dynasties, [Tutankhamun’s] is only one of them,” Silverman said.Carefully focused pools of light illuminate stone pharaohs, gold and carnelian jewels and objects intended for the afterlife in darkened galleries looking at themes including the family life, religion, court and gold of the rulers. Continue reading

Egypt to DNA test Tutankhamun’s ‘children’

I got some brothers on 125th street in Harlem ready to dispute these claims pronto!

The mummified remains of two foetuses found in the tomb of Tutankhamun

The mummified remains of two foetuses found in the tomb of Tutankhamun

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Egypt is to carry out DNA tests on the mummified remains of two foetuses found in the tomb of Tutankhamun to determine if they were the children of the boy king, antiquities authorities said on Thursday.The bodies of the two still-born children were found in 1922 in the tomb of Tutankhamun in the ancient Nile city of Luxor by British explorer Howard Carter and have since been stored at the University of Cairo.

Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said the tests will determine whether the foetuses were the offspring of Tutankhamun and his wife Ankhesenpamon, daughter of Nefertiti, who was renowned as one of history’s great beauties.

“It is thought that the tiny bodies may be those of the young king’s stillborn children,” said a statement from Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

“The study aims at identifying the lineage and the family of king Tutankhamun, particularly his parents. The DNA test and the CT scan may also help to identify the foetuses’ mother,” Hawass said.

He said the results of the studies would also help in identifying the mummy of queen Nefertiti.

Mystery still surrounds the identities of Tutankhamun’s own parents — while his father is known to be the Pharoah Akhenaton, his mother remains unknown.

Some believe her to have been Nefertiti, the first wife of Akhenaton who is remembered for having converted his kingdom to monotheism with the worship of one sun god, Aton.

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