King Tutankhamun bomb? Mysterious pharaoh may have been a boy soldier

File photo – he mask of King Tutankhamun, which turned out to have been damaged and glued back together, is seen in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo January 24, 2015. (REUTERS/Shadi Bushra)

King Tutankhamun may have been a child soldier, a stunning new research, the claims, against the theory that the King was a weak and sickly youth to his mysterious death at around the age of 18 years.

Analysis of leather armor found in the boy king’s tomb may indicate that he even have seen the fight, according to a documentary that recently aired on Channel 5 in the UK. Experts used specialist photography to identify signs of wear and tear on the 3000-year-old armor.

“It was possible to see the wear and tear along the edges of the leather to scale, which means that the armor had seen much use. That suggests that Tutankhamen had worn, and that perhaps he had even seen the fight,” said Lucy Skinner, an expert on the ancient Egyptian doctrine of the british University of Northampton, took part in the documentary.


Previous research has shown that the boy king suffered health problems. In 2014, a BBC documentary used for 2,000 Computerized Tomography (CT) scans of the pharaoh’s mummified body, to a full size computer-generated image of Tutankhamun. The virtual autopsy revealed that Tutankhamun suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk without assistance.

Another theory suggests that Tutankhamun, who is said to have ruled between 1332 and 1323 B. C., died in a chariot crash.

King Tutankhamun’s armor photographed after its discovery in 1922

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Analysis of the armor, however, can shed a new light on the ancient pharaoh. The remains of the tunic-like garment, known as a harness, are held in the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

A new technique called Reflectance Transformation Imaging, was used for merging multiple images of the object photographed under different lighting angles, according to the University of Northampton. This enabled Skinner to see on the harness for the first time, showing that the clothing was well worn.

“If this is true, it would be a great revelation, countering the idea that Tut was a weak and sickly boy-king,” Skinner said in the statement. The University of Northampton notes that, despite being excavated almost 100 years ago, it remains a mystery how the overlapping leather scales used in the harness were made, or that it is even a military use.


The pharaoh’s tomb, which was full of spectacular artifacts, was discovered by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. The armor damage suffered during the excavation, probably while they are removed from the original box and when an attempt was made to unfold.

The remains of King Tutankhamun’s armor

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While only a small part of the armor remains, experts hope that they can find out more about the garment.

“I have worked on a number of experimental tanning to create replicas of the scales,” Skinner said. “The old methods used for making this type of leather are not really well understood. Materials will change chemically and physically after it was buried for thousands of years, so there are a lot of complicated scientific processes involved in finding these things.”

She wants to help find financing for a replica of the armor.


“It would be great if my experimental work in Northampton helped my Egyptian colleagues to an accurate reconstruction for the display in addition to the fragments of the original” Skinner explained.

Lucy Skinner, an expert on the ancient Egyptian doctrine of the british University of Northampton, studies the armor

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Ancient Egypt continues to reveal her secrets. Experts in the united kingdom, for example, recently found the world’s oldest figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies, one of the oldest tattooed woman that has ever been discovered.

Other recent finds include an ancient cemetery in Egypt with more than 40 mummies and a chain with a ‘ message from the hereafter.” An old statue of a Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphs was also found at a River temple in Sudan.

Scientists also believe that she may have been the secret of the Great Pyramid near-perfect alignment. Experts are also confident that they have solved the ancient mystery of the screaming mummy.”


In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids. At the end of last year by archaeologists revealed that they had discovered the graves of four children, on an ancient site in Egypt.

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