The Case of King Tut National Geographic May 2006

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The Case of King Tut
National Geographic May 2006

Read the article from National Geographic on the reopening of the case of King Tutankhamun and complete the following activities:

Part I - What Killed King Tut?

  1. Discuss the evidence revealed by the CT scan for how Tutankhamun died.

  2. What theories does the new evidence rule out?

  3. What theories are still alive?

Part II - Discovering Tut: The Saga Continues

  1. What happened on January 5th 2005. Why did this event spark such international interest?

  2. Describe Carter’s actions in regards to the removal of Tut’s mummy. Is there any excuse for what he did?

  3. What was revealed by the x-ray of Tut’s body in 1968?

  4. Briefly explain the process of a CT scan. Why was it used on Tutankhamun’s mummy?

  5. What ‘unprecedented’ move to Tut’s wife Ankhesenamun make after her husbands untimely death?

  6. What is speculated about Horemheb and his link to Tut’s death? What do you think?

  7. What can be theorized about the size of Tutankhamun’s tomb?

  8. How long did the whole CT scanning process take?

  9. What did the CT scans reveal?

Part III - What do you think?
After watching the DVD “The Curse of Tutankhamun” and reading the National Geographic article on the “Case of King Tut”, write a one page mini-essay discussing how you think King Tutankhamun met his demise. You must use evidence (from the tomb, his body, the x-rays and scans) to back up your argument.

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