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King Tut's tomb surrenders its mysteries to modern science
Saturday, February 16th, 2013

King Tut's tomb surrenders its mysteries to modern science

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Workers carry the replica of a shrine with a statue of Anubis, the God of the Dead, from the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun as preparations are under way for the exhibition "Tutankhamun - His Tomb and His Treasures" on September 13, 2010 in Cologne, western Germany.

(PATRIK STOLLARZ - AFP/Getty Images)
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Detail of a granite statue of Tutankhamun on display April 21, 2010 at a preview of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs", an exhibition at Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York. Multicolored medical scans of the real mummy are reflected in the glass case.

(STAN HONDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A figure depicting King Tutankhamun, which was found in his coffin, is displayed at the O2 centre in London, during the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs" exhibition, November 13, 2007.

(CARL DE SOUZA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Replicas of treasures from the burial and treasure chambers of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun are on display on April 8, 2009 at the exhibition "Tutankhamun - His Tomb and his Treasures" in Munich, Germany.

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People look at the mummy of Tutankhamun's mother (an unidentified queen whose mummy was known as "The Younger Lady") at the Egyptian museum in Cairo on February 17, 2010. New research has revealed that the boy king Tutankhamun died of malaria after a fall, used a cane, and was the son of the monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaten, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said.

(KHALED DESOUKI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Ornaments and gilded sarcophagi from King Tutankhamun's tomb stand on display in the Swiss city of Basel April 7, 2004, marking the return of the treasures of ancient Egypt's pharaoh to Europe for the first time in 20 years.

(ANDRE SPRINGER - AFP/Getty Images)
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The sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun, known as the 'Child Pharaoh' remains empty in its burial chamber after the mummy was placed in a glass urn designed to protect the remains of the ancient king from humidity and other contamination brought by a constant flow of over 350 visitors a day in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor, 500 km south of Cairo.

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A replica of Tutankhamun's mummy is on display April 21, 2010 at a preview of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," an exhibition at Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York. Multicolored medical scans of the real mummy are reflected in the glass case.

(STAN HONDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman views "Golden Shrine of a Statue with Statue Base and Back Pillar" from the tomb of Tutankhamun on display April 21, 2010 at a preview of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," an exhibition at Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York.

(STAN HONDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A pictures shows the mummy of Queen Tiye, Tutankhamun's grandmother, at the Egyptian museum in Cairo on February 17, 2010. New research has revealed that the boy king Tutankhamun died of malaria after a fall, used a cane, and was the son of the monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaten, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said.

(KHALED DESOUKI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man looks at the replica of a golden statue from the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun during the exhibition "Tutankhamun - His Tomb and His Treasures" on September 13, 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

(PATRIK STOLLARZ - AFP/Getty Images)
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