Life in Ancient Egypt: Akhentanen, the Armarna Period, and Tutankhamun


In 1922 Howard Carter uncovered the almost undisturbed tomb and the royal mummy of a nineteen-year-old boy from the late Eighteenth Dynasty, now popularly known as King Tut. This burial trove remains one of the most remarkable discoveries in Egyptology to date, capturing the public imagination in an unprecedented way, and Tutankhamun’s life (and the causes of his premature death) 3,300 years ago continues to be a subject of fascination. However, the tomb contained very little information about Tutankhamun’s origins and family. In the study, Albert Zink and his group identify and interpret nuclear DNA in a number of different royal mummies and put the existing hypotheses about their identities to the test.