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The Mummies Of The Crippled King Tutankhamun And His Incestuous Family Have Been Unmasked

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.

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The Mummies Of The Crippled King Tutankhamun And His Incestuous Family Have Been Unmasked

The Mummies Of The Crippled King Tutankhamun And His Incestuous Family Have Been Unmasked

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King Tutankhamun has long been a big business for Egypt.

King Tutankhamun has long been a big business for Egypt.

These skulls belong to King Tut's father Pharaoh Akhenaten (left) and mother (right). Also, they were brother and sister according to the discovery.

These skulls belong to King Tut's father Pharaoh Akhenaten (left) and mother (right). Also, they were brother and sister according to the discovery.

King Tut was a limp and weak teenager with a clubfoot and cleft palate. And who else to blame than his parents!

King Tut was a limp and weak teenager with a clubfoot and cleft palate. And who else to blame than his parents!

The chart showing the royal lineage.

The chart showing the royal lineage.

The grandmother of King Tut, Queen Tiye.

The grandmother of King Tut, Queen Tiye.

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.

Scientists take DNA samples from the mummy of teenage Boy Pharaoh Tut in the Valley of the Kings.

Scientists take DNA samples from the mummy of teenage Boy Pharaoh Tut in the Valley of the Kings.

The mummified head of the teenage king Tutankhamun.

The mummified head of the teenage king Tutankhamun.

This is a graphical reconstruction of what King Tut would have looked like.

This is a graphical reconstruction of what King Tut would have looked like.

In 2007, the team led by Dr Zahi Hawass removed King Tutankhamun from his stone sarcophagus to study his DNA. The tests revealed the king was a weak young teenager.

In 2007, the team led by Dr Zahi Hawass removed King Tutankhamun from his stone sarcophagus to study his DNA. The tests revealed the king was a weak young teenager.

Dr Hawass' team had been working on the DNA samples of King Tut's parents and grandparents for about two years.

Dr Hawass’ team had been working on the DNA samples of King Tut’s parents and grandparents for about two years.

King Tutankhamun, the dead man behind tourism revenue of billions of dollars in Egypt.

King Tutankhamun, the dead man behind tourism revenue of billions of dollars in Egypt.

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