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IN History & Culture ON 13 Aug, 2015
Since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and death mask tucked in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt has become one of the most informative tourist attraction for people interested in history around the world. In a recent study, the team of Egyptian antiquities expert Dr Zahi Hawass came up with ground discoveries regarding the family of King Tut and the actual reason behind his death. Dr Hawass’ team had been working on the DNA samples of King Tut’s parents and grandparents for about two years and has revealed that his parents were actually siblings.
Since the mummy of King Tutankhamun got discovered, it has been believed that he was murdered because of the hole at the back of his skull. But the DNA reports deduce that he died of malaria worsened by a broken leg. Repeated malaria infections and incestuous marriages were the major reasons behind the death of the royal family. No wonder why the crippled king's tomb had hundreds of canes stored in it. Dr Hawass’ team announced in 2005 that they found no evidence of a blow to the back of king Tut’s head and that the hole probably resulted from the mummification process.
The hairpiece behind her head is believed to be made from her own hair. Because of the dry conditions within the tomb and mummification process, the hairpiece, which was a status symbol in those days in Egypt.