4 Mysteries From Ancient Egypt We Still Can’t Figure Out

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3. How did King Tut die?

The young King Tutankhamun has fascinated historians since his tomb was discovered in 1922, but the specifics of his life — and death at the age of 19 — remain somewhat of a mystery. A longstanding theory that he died in a chariot crash was seemingly debunked when scans of his mummified body revealed that he had a “partially clubbed foot” that would have made it impossible for him to stand on his own, reported the Independent in 2014.

The new research also revealed, through genetic analysis, that Tutankhamun’s parents were likely brother and sister, and he may have died “as a result of genetic impairments.”

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