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Egypt To Announce Results Of King Tut DNA Study

Egypt will soon announce results of DNA tests carried out on the mummy of boy-king Tutankhamun, who died over 3,000 years ago, in order to solve the mystery regarding his lineage.  Antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass will announce the results of the study at a much anticipated news conference at the Cairo Museum.   Last month, Huwass said the results will reveal “secrets of the family and the affiliation of Tutankhamun, based on the results of the scientific examination of the Tutankhamun mummy following DNA analysis.”   

The King Tut mummy was found by British archeologist Howard Carter in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, and has been surrounded by mystery ever since. The unearthing of the solid gold and turquoise sarcophagus revealed a stunning treasure which included an 11 kilo solid gold death mask encrusted with lapis lazuli and semi precious stones.  Questions regarding the Pharoah’s early death at the age of 19, and his lineage, in particular the identity of his mother have remained unanswered for decades.
 

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