After thousands of years, modern forensics have revealed the fate of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, reported UK-based newspaper the Independent on Sunday.
The cause of the 19-year-old king’s death in 1323 BC has long been shrouded in mystery – a mystery that deepened when archaeologist Lord Carnarvon died unexpectedly after he and Howard Carter found the long-lost pharaoh’s tomb in 1922.
Now, British experts believe that injuries on his body are similar to those sustained in a chariot accident and that his mummification was not successful.
One expert discovered references in Carter’s records of Tutankhamen’s body being burnt, a finding confirmed by a member of the team who x-rayed the pharaoh’s body in 1968.
Chemical tests revealed that the mummy’s flesh had been burnt while sealed inside the coffin, due to a chemical reaction with embalming oils, linen and oxygen.
"The charring and possibility that a botched mummification led the body spontaneously combusting shortly after burial was entirely unexpected, something of a revelation," Chris Naunton, director of the Egypt Exploration Society said, according to the daily.
The expert, alongside a team of scientists, performed a “virtual autopsy” which showed injuries down one side of the body.
The team also found an explanation to the fact that the pharaoh’s heart was missing, having been irrecoverably damaged.
Results from tests suggested that a chariot crashed into him while he was on his knees, which would have broken.