Tutankhamuns mummified fetuses to get paternity testAugust 7th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 7 (ANI): Egyptian scientists are doing DNA tests on stillborn children found in Tutankhamuns tomb in the hope of confirming if they are the pharoahs offspring and confirming his family tree.
British archaeologist Howard Carter found the mummified fetuses when he discovered the tomb in 1922. Archaeologists assume they are the children of the teenage pharaoh, but this has not been confirmed.
The identity of their mother is also still unknown.
According to a report in New Scientist, many scholars believe their mother to be Ankhesenamun, the boy kings only known wife. Ankhesenamun was the daughter of the queen Nefertiti, who was renowned for her beauty.
For the first time, we will be able to identify the family of King Tut, said Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypts Supreme Council for Antiquities. This should allow us for the first time to discover the mummy of Nefertiti, he added.
Nefertiti had six daughters with the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who abandoned traditional gods in favor of monotheism during his rule from about 1350 to 1334 BC.
The queens mummy has never been identified.
The DNA tests and computerized tomography (CT) scans, to be performed at Cairo University, should be finished by December, said Hawass.
Egypt has been trying to check the identity of all its royal mummies using DNA and CT scans. Tutankhamuns was one of the first mummies to be examined with the technology in 2005.
Tutankhamun, born in 1341 BC, died less than a decade after taking the throne at the age of eight or nine. (ANI)
- Tomb of King Tut's wife may emerge in 2011 - Jan 04, 2011
- Results of DNA testing on King Tut's mummy to be revealed soon - Feb 01, 2010
- Stone inscription solves mystery of King Tuts father - Dec 18, 2008
- DNA analysis key for solving mystery of King Tut's origins - Aug 26, 2009
- Statue fragments of King Tut's grandparents unearthed - Jan 11, 2011
- Statue of King Tut's grandfather unearthed - Nov 07, 2010
- Statue of Tutankhamun's grandfather found - Oct 04, 2010
- Egypt asks German museum for Nefertiti bust - Jan 25, 2011
- Did small size prompt the theft of King Tut's penis? - Jun 30, 2010
- One of two mummified fetuses may be Tutankhamuns daughter, says scientist - Aug 17, 2008
- Sculptor hid Egyptian queen Nefertiti's flawed beauty - Sep 20, 2010
- Egyptian mummies who lived 3,500yrs ago 'had clogged arteries' - Apr 05, 2011
- Egypt museum treasures being repaired - Feb 08, 2011
- Egyptians suffered heart attacks 3,500 years ago - Jan 23, 2010
- Temple of Tut's grandad could be home to ancient statues - May 18, 2010
Tags: ankhesenamun, antiquities, archaeologists, british archaeologist, cairo university, computerized tomography, dna tests, egyptian scientists, egypts, fetuses, howard carter, king tut, monotheism, new scientist, pharaoh akhenaten, queen nefertiti, royal mummies, stillborn children, supreme council, tutankhamun