Archaeology: Who Killed King Tut?

The boy King died young and was buried in haste. Now a pair of U.S. gumshoes, armed with modern forensics, is trying to crack an ancient case

The tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen created a sensation from the moment it was uncovered in 1922. One of the few royal burial chambers that survived the centuries relatively intact, it was by far the richest--filled with gold, ivory and carved wooden treasures, including what may be the world's most famous funerary mask. But there was also something troubling about the way King Tut was buried--hints and omissions that suggested foul play.

Tut was barely 18 when he died--young for Pharaohs, who always enjoyed the best nutrition and medical care in what was one of the ancient world's most...

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