Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy

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Nearly a century after Howard Carter's momentous discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton returns to Carter's vast excavation files to uncover clues that point to a mysterious burning of the Boy King's mummy.

The emergence of a fragment of the pharaoh's flesh provides a unique opportunity to crack this mystery, and brand new chemical tests lead Dr Naunton to a shocking conclusion: that King Tut's body spontaneously combusted due to a botched mummification.

This also provides a fresh clue to the greatest enigma of Ancient Egypt: what caused the young pharaoh's death?

Combined with new evidence of Tutankhamun leading the charge in Egypt's foreign wars, what emerges is a new image of this young ruler, and a tragic battlefield death.

Part of Channel 4's Secret History strand, which showcases the best in historical journalism.

Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy synopsis

Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton investigates evidence that the Boy King's mummy was burnt, and uncovers clues that may solve the enigma of what caused the young pharaoh's death

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