Boffins claim to have worked out who Tutankhamun’s dad was using the latest DNA testing.
Dr Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, will reveal the results of extensive DNA testing carried out over the past 18 months on the pharaoh’s mummy as well as two mummified foetuses found in his burial chamber.
Dr Hawass claims the findings are the most exciting since the discovery of the tomb by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. They are also the latest in a stream of breakthroughs in our knowledge about art and the ancient world that have been made possible by new technology. He is also not saying what the discoveries are yet.
Tutankhamun is a disappointing footnote in Egyptian history. He is only made famous because right wing Christians believe that his dad, Akhenaton, attempted to found a monotheistic religion and his own tomb was largely not plundered by robbers.
In fact, his dad was barking mad and believed he and his family were the sole expressions of God.
Among the outstanding riddles, for example, is whether Tutankhamun’s mother was Queen Nefertiti – whose mummy has yet to be discovered – and whether the two foetuses found with him were his children.
DNA samples have been taken from Tutankhamun and other mummies from the 18th dynasty of rulers in an attempt to establish his family lineage. While the results are being kept er under wraps, the technology is bringing in a lot of detail in other cases. Recent DNA testing of an ancient body revealed it had a mullet, for example.