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A high-tech look at Tut generates more controversy than answers
Nobody has ever been through a CT scan with more media attention than Tutankhamun. The project, which provoked recriminations in Egypt and didn't resolve how Tut died, was documented--highlights and lowlights--by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram (the name means "the pyramids") and other sources. Here are links to those articles--which give a no-holds-barred look at the politics and personalities of modern Egyptology--and the official press release with the project's results.
Autopsy for King Tut? (Al-Ahram, 18-24 November 2004)
Pharaonic forensics (Al-Ahram, 13-19 January 2005)
Drop the mummy, and nobody gets hurt (Egypt Today, January 2005)
Mummy scan furore (Al-Ahram, 20-26 January 2005)
The controversy over King Tut (Al-Ahram, 3-9 March 2005)
How did the boy king die? (Al-Ahram, 10-16 March 2005)
The official press release, TUTANKHAMUN CT SCAN, from March 8 details the project's findings. This somewhat frustrating document offers varying viewpoints of team members without making definitive conclusions. Tutankhamun's left thighbone was broken, but was that just before death, done when Carter and company extracted (rather brutally) the mummy from a hardened pool of resin in its coffin? Could it have led to an infection that caused Tut's death? These questions are left open--apparently there was no consensus--though I'd suspect that Carter et al. are likely the perpetrators. There is interesting information about how Tut was embalmed (with another set of dueling interpretations on one point), his health, and age at death. And the main conclusion that people wanted to know? There's no evidence he was stabbed, clubbed, or the like. Assassination boosters, however, can still fall back on poisoning, smothering, etc.