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Nebkheprune Tutankhamen is probably the most famous pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history although not the most important He lived a very short life from 1503 to 1482 BCE to be exact He was the ruler by the time he had turned nine years of age Nobody really knows that much about him because he lived to only be around eighteen years old Only because of an archaeologist by the name of Howard Carter who discovered Tutankhamens tomb on February 12 1924 do we even have concrete proof that he even existed Desroches-Noblecourt 7 One gigantic mystery about Tutankhamens life is his deathMore than 3000 years after the death of King Tutankhamen questions are still being asked about how he died Was it a natural death or was he murdered The possibility that Tutankhamen did not die of natural causes was first raised 28 years ago when an X-ray analysis of his mummy was made by the anatomy department of the University of Liverpool It revealed that the king might have died from a blow to the back of his head Desroches-Noblecourt 18 The suggestion caused a controversy among Egyptologists and scientists If he were murdered who did it Was it Aye Tutankhamens vizier who followed Tutankhamen as king and then married his wife Ankhesenamon Or was it Horemhab the army officer who became king after Ayes short four-year reign Some archaeologists believed that Aye and Horemhab might have killed Tutankhamen together MaughA few years later a new X-ray analysis was done only this time it suggested that Tutankhamen might have been murdered in his sleep An unnamed trauma specialist at Long Island University conducted the examination The blow was to a protected area at the back of the head which you dont injure in an accident Someone had to sneak up from behind X-rays also show a thickening of a bone in the skull which could occur only after a build-up of blood Silverman 191
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