Archive for August 5th, 2008

King Tut to go on Maury Povich

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Okay, so it won’t be televised for an audience of hooting and hollering voyers, but the mummified fetuses found his tomb are getting a paternity test.

The two tiny female foetuses, between five to seven months in gestational age, were found in the King Tut’s tomb in Luxor when the tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

DNA samples from the foetuses “will be compared to each other, along with those of the mummy of King Tutankhamun,” the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, said in a statement.

The testing is part of a wider programme to test the DNA of hundreds of mummies to determine their identities and their family relations, and Hawass said the programme could help determine Tutankhamun’s family lineage, which has long been a source of mystery among Egyptologists.

Maury really needs to get in on this because they are going to DNA test every mummy they have, from famous royal ones to the unknowns stacked in the basement. Shocking, possibly tawdry, surprises are bound to be revealed.

The Egyptian Council of Antiquities doesn’t actually expect the girls to be Tut’s daughters, incidentally. The pharaoh is thought to have died childless, so the fetuses might be there for symbolic rebirth value much like the statues and cats and whatnot.

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