Tutankhamun: Unhealthy pharao

Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun  (ca. 1341BC- 1323BC) is one of the most famous people in history, mostly due to the discovery of his tomb in 1922. It was virtually untouched and besides Tutankhamun’s mummified body, many artifacts and everyday items of ancient Egyptian life were found.

He was without a doubt a very wealthy man. However, he was also plagued by many health problems. Medical examinations show that he most likely suffered from Malaria, had an unnaturally curved spine and deformations in his left foot. The problem might have been that he was a product of incest: His parents were brother and sister. He died at only 18, most likely of an infection.

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By Carsten Frenzl from Obernburg, Derutschland (TUT-Ausstellung_FFM_2012_47) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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