One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing historical novels, for me, is the interesting things you bump into during the research phase. I’ve just finished a major revision of my second Sherlock Holmes novel, set in 1923, in which Holmes is called to Egypt to unravel whether the co-discoverer of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, Lord Carnarvon, is being poisoned. (The historical Carnarvon in fact died of “blood poisoning” four months after entering Tut’s tomb with his archaeologist, Howard Carter—thus originating the “Curse of the Mummy” phenomenon.) Read More
Living and Writing in the Natural World
King Tut's father and Moses
Jan 06, 2014 8:42 AM EST
I can't wait to read your next Holmes!
Apr 29, 2014 6:24 AM EDT
Was Moses Akhenaten?
Some research has shown that Moses married his half sister Nefertiti and their son was Tutankhamen. Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) was forced to abdicate due to his faceless "Aten" God. Moses is also said to have been the son of Joseph's (Chief minister to Amenhotep III) daughter Tiye. Sounds interesting. Is it true?
(Ray's response: Thanks for your comment. "Is it true?" Difficult to say; this all happened so long ago, and religious convictions intrude upon all evaluations. What we do know, from DNA analysis of mummies sponsored by National Geographic Magazine in 2008 and overseen by the dean of contemporary Egyptian archeologists, Zahi Hawass and Western colleagues, is that Tut's father was Akhenaten and his mother was a full sister of Akhenaten (incestuous matings were not uncommon in the New Kingdom's Eighteenth dynasty). These studies (published in National Geographic in September 2010) also established Tut's wife as his own half-sister, a daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Moses? We really don't know anything for sure about him from a scientific perspective, for the simple reason that we've never had a reliably-certified body for him. The Muslim faith holds that he's buried in a certain site; the Jewish faith claims he was buried personally by God at an unknown site.)
Feb 22, 2015 5:42 PM EST
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- pat caleb
Sep 26, 2017 7:08 AM EDT
Using DNA samples taken from the mummies' bones, the scientists were able to create a five-generation family tree for the boy pharaoh.
The team looked for shared genetic sequences in the Y chromosome—a bundle of DNA passed only from father to son—to identify King Tut's male ancestors. The researchers then determined parentage for the mummies by looking for signs that a mummy's genes are a blend of a specific couple's DNA.
In this way, the team was able to determine that a mummy known until now as KV55 is the "heretic king" Akhenaten—and that he was King Tut's father. Akhenaten was best known for abolishing ancient Egypt's pantheon in favor of worshipping only one god. The big surprise of the DNA analysis was the revelation of the identity of Tutankhamun’s mother, as it showed that the other unidentified female mummy from Amenophis II’s tomb, known as the ‘Younger Lady’ was the woman who gave birth to him. It also showed that this unnamed royal lady was one of the daughters of Amenophis III and Tiye, and therefore the sister of Akhenaten.
Pasted from: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100216-king-tut-malaria-bones-inbred-tutankhamun/