In 1922 the intact tomb of King Tut was discovered in Egypt. Technology shows us that the boy died around 1324 BC and was probably around 19. Anthropologists from Egypt, Germany, Italy and other countries studied DNA and performed tests on 16 royal mummies and found that four, including King Tut, had contracted a severe form of malaria called Plasmodium falciparum. Tut also had a broken leg and they believe malaria killed him.
It is amazing that scientists are able to take a mummy and find out so much about his life after studying the DNA for two years. Here is what we now know about King Tut:
- He had a cleft palate, a left clubfoot and other bone ailments
- He suffered from Kohler disease, which can cause foot bones to collapse from lack of blood
- He probably needed canes to walk
- Two of the other mummies were Tut's father, Akhenaten and his grandmother, Tiye, based on shared blood groups.
- His parents were brother and sister
- There was no foul play in his death