King Tut Buried Hastily

Some dark, mysterious spots found on the art and remains in King Tut’s tomb indicate that the Boy King was buried hastily. The spots, which were evident in 1922 when the tomb was uncovered, are still one of the mysterious aspects of the burial. Microbiologists at the Getty Conservation Institute have yet to match the melanins in the spots to any living organism.

Dark Spots on Art Inside the Tomb

Egyptologists believe that the young Pharaoh died suddenly which lead to a hasty burial. The dark spots seem to indicate that the painted plaster on the walls was not dry when the tomb was sealed, allowing microbes to grow on the moist regions fed with the accompanying incense and food provided for the Boy King to accompany his journey to the afterlife.

Read more about the mysterious spots in this MSNBC article and here at LiveScience. You can also listen to the Scientific American podcast.

2 thoughts on “King Tut Buried Hastily

  1. Jim Wheeler

    It’s just a layman’s guess, but they ought to consider fungi as the source. In the wake of Joplin’s tornado it was just announced that 4 or 5 people wounded by flying debris expired from a fungus that is ubiquitous in soil all over the world. It is fast-growing and deadly when introduced into deep wounds, a reminder of the tenacious nature of this kind of life.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Some type of fungus is the likely culprit. However, the DNA has not matched any living species.


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