Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the king



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History Scene Investigation: The Death of King Tut

For this activity you will investigate the death of King Tutankhamen. Was King Tut murdered or did he die from an illness? King Tut’s death has puzzled both historians and Egyptologists for many years. If King Tut was indeed murdered, some research and evidence point to a few limited servants or contacts that could have been responsible for King Tut’s death. But who were these potential people that could have been responsible for such a scandalous act? What motives might the murderers have had if the pharaoh was killed? Why is it believed that King Tut was murdered? What about the prospect of King Tut dying due to an illness? Could this be possible?



You will attempt to solve the mystery of King Tut’s death by investigating several pieces of evidence with the help of the internet. Follow the directions and web links to gather information about Tutankhamen’s life and death. As you go, complete your History Scene Investigation sheet and when you are finished answer the question at the bottom of the page.

  1. First visit this site to find out more about the discovery of King Tut’s tomb:

http://www.kingtutone.com/tutankhamun/information/

  1. Next visit this site to view one theory of King Tut’s death. Once you have read through the article complete the first set of questions on your HSI worksheet:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061201-king-tut.html

  1. Next got to the site below. This website provides a different view of King Tut’s death. As you read, write down the suspects and their motives on your HSI worksheet.

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,349108,00.html

  1. Now Go To the next site. It provides a third theory of king tut’s death. Answer the questions on the Hsi worksheet.

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/king-tut-dna-lineage.htm

  1. Now answer the last question on your HSI worksheet: How did King Tut die?



  1. The last thing you need to do is go to the following website to read about the Curse of King Tut’s Mummy!

http://www.kingtutone.com/tutankhamun/curse/


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