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  • Tutankhamun's tomb restored to prevent damage by visitors

    06/23/2020 8:21:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | January 31, 2019 | editors
    A nine-year project has been completed to restore the tomb of ancient Egypt's boy king, Tutankhamun, and address issues that threatened its survival. Experts from the Getty Conservation Institute repaired scratches and abrasions on the wall paintings caused by visitors to the burial chamber. The paintings were also affected by humidity, dust and carbon dioxide introduced by every person who entered. A new ventilation system should reduce the need for future cleaning. New barriers will restrict physical access to the paintings, while a new viewing platform, lighting and interpretive signage will also allow visitors to better see the tomb and...
  • King Tut's Dagger Made of Extraterrestial Material

    06/29/2016 6:01:40 PM PDT · by wildbill · 31 replies
    Bible History Daily ^ | 6/07/2016 | Robin Ngo
    King Tut owned a dagger that was out of this world—literally. Researchers have recently published a study in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science that supports what has long been suspected: The ancient Egyptians were using meteoritic iron well before the spread of iron smelting technology. The recent study on King Tut’s dagger, led by researchers from Italy and Egypt, used X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry to analyze the composition of the iron blade. Iron meteorites mostly contain iron and nickel, and the results of the XRF analysis on King Tut’s dagger confirm that the blade is mostly composed of iron...
  • Dagger in King Tut's tomb was made with iron from a meteorite

    06/01/2016 5:59:32 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 23 replies
    Italian and Egyptian researchers analyzed the metal with an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to determine its chemical composition, and found its high nickel content, along with its levels of cobalt, “strongly suggests an extraterrestrial origin”. They compared the composition to known meteorites within 2,000km around the Red Sea coast of Egypt, and found similar levels in one meteorite.
  • King Tut's Blade Made of Meteorite

    06/01/2016 6:10:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    space.com ^ | May 31, 2016 03:42pm ET | Rossella Lorenzi
    King Tut was buried with a dagger made of an iron that literally came from space, says a new study into the composition of the iron blade from the sarcophagus of the boy king. Using non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a team of Italian and Egyptian researchers confirmed that the iron of the dagger placed on the right thigh of King Tut's mummified body a has meteoric origin. ...
  • Egypt Says King Tut Mask Was Scratched, Sends 8 to Trial

    01/25/2016 8:09:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 24 January 2016
    Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, were referred to a disciplinary court on Sunday for "gross negligence" after prosecutors said that the golden treasure was scratched. The 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result of the amateur repair job, prosecutors said in a Sunday statement, which implicated the then-head of the Egyptian Museum and the chief of the restoration department. "In an attempt to cover up the damage...
  • Are We Close to Finding the Tomb of Queen Nefertiti in the Valley of the Kings?

    10/16/2019 8:20:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 9, 2019 | Ancient Architects
    In May 2018, media outlets around the world ran the headline: “Secret Chamber Does Not Exist”, referring to the possible burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti behind the walls of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the King's in Egypt. So you’ll image my surprise when this week I see that the major media outlets across the world are once again reporting that Nefertiti could be hiding behind a wall in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The story was ran by a number of well known publications, including The Sun, New York Post, Fox News and more, but why have...
  • Exclusive: Controversial King Tut Statue Has Sketchy Origins. Now Christie's Is Selling it.

    06/25/2019 2:53:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    livescience.com ^ | June 25, 2019 | Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor
    As a diplomatic dispute rages between Egypt and the auction house Christie's in London over a sculpture depicting the head of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, set to be auctioned on July 4, a Live Science investigation reveals several clues as to where this sculpture comes from. The sculpture, being auctioned off by an anonymous owner through Christie's, is made of quartzite (a type of stone). Estimates for how much the sculpture will fetch vary around $5.1 million (4 million pounds). However, Egypt believes that it was looted from the Karnak temple sometime after 1970, and the country's embassy in the U.K....
  • King Tut died of blood disorder: German researchers [ sickle cell disease ]

    06/25/2010 7:24:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | AFP
    Legendary pharaoh Tutankhamun was probably killed by the genetic blood disorder sickle cell disease, German scientists said Wednesday, rejecting earlier research that suggested he died of malaria. The team at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in the northern city of Hamburg questioned the conclusions of a major Egyptian study released in February on the enigmatic boy-king's early demise. That examination, involving DNA tests and computerised tomography (CT) scans on Tutankhamun's mummy, said he died of malaria after suffering a fall, putting to rest the theory that he was murdered. But the German researchers said in a letter published...
  • Epilepsy, Tutankhamun and Monotheism: A theory on inherited disease in the Egyptian New Kingdom

    08/28/2018 9:28:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Bible History Daily ^ | September 14, 2012 | Noah Wiener
    Tutankhamun died at a young age with a feminine physique. His closest relatives, including his father Akhenaten, his uncle or brother Smenkhkare and preceding 18th dynasty pharaohs Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV, all shared similar features and fates. While scholars tend to relate the deaths of these pharaohs to separate circumstances, Hutan Ashrafian suggests that the royal family may have had an inherited disorder: temporal lobe epilepsy. Temporal lobe epilepsy is known to affect the release of hormones and sexual development. Tutankhamun was depicted with a feminine physique. Due to his short life, his representations are far less common than...
  • Tests show no hidden Tutankhamun chambers: ministry

    05/07/2018 8:26:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    phys.org ^ | 05/06/2018
    Experts used ground penetrating radar (GPR) which provided "conclusive evidence of the non-existence of hidden chambers adjacent to or inside Tutankhamun's tomb," the ministry said in a statement. ... It said Porcelli had submitted a report that "concluded, with a very high degree of confidence... the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by GPR data." Previous scans had suggested the possibility of hidden chambers, although experts disagreed on the results.
  • King Tut's Father ID'd in Stone Inscription

    12/21/2008 1:39:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 1,286+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2008 | Rossella Lorenzi
    "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...
  • Is this the glamorous face of Queen Nefertiti?

    02/11/2018 3:33:26 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 139 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | , 9 February 2018 | PHOEBE WESTON
    The glamorous face of Queen Nefertiti, who could have been the mother of King Tutankhamun, has been brought to life using the latest 3D imaging technology. It took 500 hours to recreate the bust and the jewellery was even handcrafted by designers from Dior. However, the colour of the 3,400-year-old queen's skin has raised controversy with people claiming she would not have been so fair in real life.
  • Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found?

    01/17/2018 3:30:31 PM PST · by mairdie · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2018 | Tim Collins
    The mystery of the final resting place of the wife of Ancient Egypt's most famous ruler has moved a step closer to being solved. Egyptologists previously discovered what they believe is the burial chamber of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, in the Valley of The Kings. If confirmed, it could help to unravel the final fate of the boy king's wife, who suddenly disappeared from historical records after her second marriage. The teen bride is believed to have had a tragic life, marrying her father, her grandfather and her half-brother Tutankhamun. Archaeologists have now begun to excavate an area near a tomb...
  • Snowflakes Triggered by Steve Martin’s 40-Year-Old King Tut Song

    11/19/2017 9:22:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 94 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Moonbattery
    Good thing Steve Martin came along before it was a thought crime to have a sense of humor: Comedian Steve Martin’s rendition of “King Tut” is triggering social justice warriors at Reed College because they see it as a form of cultural appropriation. For moonbattery at its most Jacobinic, there is no better place to look than a college located in Portland, Oregon. The song, originally performed on “Saturday Night Live,” actually criticizes the commercialization and trivialization of Egyptian history and presents a caricature of the Treasures of Tutankhamun traveling exhibit that toured seven United States cities from 1976 to...
  • Experts Doubt Claims of 'Hidden Chambers' in King Tut's Tomb

    03/30/2016 11:51:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    LiveScience ^ | March 29, 2016 | Owen Jarus
    Radar experts are casting doubt on claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden, undiscovered chambers — and they're calling for more data to be released. At a March 17 newsconference, officials at Egypt's antiquities ministry released radar data that they said showed the presence of hidden cavities inside the tomb of King Tut. The scans, carried out by Japanese radar technologist Hirokatsu Watanabe, "suggest the presence of two empty spaces or cavities beyond the decorated North and West walls of the burial chamber," they said in a statement. The scans also suggest the "presence of metallic and organic substances," and...
  • Scientists Say Egypt is in Denial Over Hidden Rooms in King Tut's Tomb

    05/15/2016 5:22:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | May 12, 2016 | Erik Shilling
    Scientists said earlier this year that they had found some secret rooms in Tutankhamen's tomb. What could they contain? A popular theory was the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. But other scientists later said that there was good reason to doubt the claims, which were based on scans. Now, the situation has gotten a little bit uglier. A team of radar technicians performed a second, more detailed set of scans on the tomb earlier this year, and sent their results off to Egypt's ministry of antiquities. But the government now has refused to release their findings, and scientists are beginning to...
  • The Egyptian in all of us: First modern humans from Europe and Asia from the Sinai peninsula

    05/28/2015 2:05:37 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 May 2015 | Richard Gray
    The first modern humans to arrive in Europe and Asia migrated north out of Egypt around 55,000 years ago, according to new genetic research. The study has answered a long standing question about the route early Homo sapiens took when spreading from the African continent. It shows most Europeans and Asians living today are more closely related genetically to people living in Egypt than in Ethiopia. The first modern humans to leave Africa and spread into Asia and Europe appear to have taken a northern route out of the continent by crossing the Sinai peninsula according to new genetic research....
  • Modern Humans Arrived in Europe Earlier Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

    08/20/2014 2:50:07 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 August 2014 | GAUTAM NAIK
    A new study concludes that modern humans arrived in Europe much earlier than previously believed, and clarifies more specifically the long time period they overlapped with Neanderthals. The significant overlap bolsters a theory that the two species met, bred and possibly exchanged or copied vital toolmaking techniques. It represents another twist in an enduring puzzle about human origins: why we triumphed while the better adapted and similarly intelligent Neanderthals died out. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Neanderthals are our closest known extinct relatives, with about 99.5% of DNA in common with humans. They had a brain...
  • Ancient and Modern Europeans Have Surprising Genetic Connection

    11/08/2014 4:01:30 PM PST · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 06, 2014 | Charles Q. Choi
    Ancient and Modern Europeans Have Surprising Genetic Connection by Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor | November 06, 2014 There is a surprising genetic unity between the earliest known Europeans and contemporary Europeans, ancient DNA reveals. This finding suggests that a complex network of sexual exchange may have existed across Europe over the past 50,000 years, and also helps to pinpoint when modern humans interbred with Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, the researchers said. The origin of contemporary Europeans continues to be debated. The modern human ancestors of contemporary Eurasians are believed to have left Africa about...
  • King Tut and half of European men share DNA

    08/04/2011 7:57:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    http://medicalxpress.com ^ | 08-03-2011 | Staff
    According to a group of geneticists in Switzerland from iGENEA, the DNA genealogy center, as many as half of all European men and 70 percent of British men share the same DNA as the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, or King Tut. For a film created for the Discovery Channel, scientists worked to reconstruct the DNA of the young male King, his father Akhenaten and his grandfather Amenhotep III. They discovered that King Tut had a DNA profile that belongs to a group called haplogroup R1b1a2. This group can be found in over 50 percent of European men and shows the researchers...