The Mystery of King Tut's Death

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The Mystery of King Tut's Death

The Mystery of King Tut's Death

If you ask the average American to name an egyptian king ninety nine percent of the time they will spout out the name king Tutankhamun or king Tut for short with out really even thinking about it. Why is that so many automatically associate an egyptian casket with the one that was unearthed in Tut's tomb? Maybe it has something to do with the kings appointment at such a young age and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death or murder at the tender age of eighteen. Maybe it has something to do with the highly publicized discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun's is the only royal tomb in Egypt to have escaped the discovery of looters. In addition to the royal sarcophagus discovered by archeologist Howard Carter, there were also vast quantities of beautiful furniture in the tomb, including a golden throne that dates from the early kings rule (Sayre, H. M., 2011). This makes us curious about what really happened to king Tut there are many accounts but they have not been proven so for now they are just theories that add to the mystery of king Tut's demise. The most controversial theory of what happened to tutankhamun is that he was murdered by someone in his inner circle whom he trusted maybe even a family member. In his international bestseller The Murder of Tutankhamun paleontologist Bob Brier accuses Aye, Tutankhamun's administrator of assassinating him. The villain of the piece is Aye (pronounced "I"), the commoner who ruled Egypt as regent while Tutankhamen grew up, said Egyptologist Bob Brier of Long Island University. Aye or one of his henchmen probably killed Tutankhamen by breaking his skull with a blow to the back of the head, Brier said. The lustful regent then killed a suitor from the neighboring kingdom of the Hittites who was…...

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