Zahi Hawass — renowned Egyptologist and former minister of antiquities — announced that he will reveal how ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun died this October.
He added that he will also revealing the scientific methods used to discover the mummies of queen Nefertiti and queen Ankhesen in Amun — the wife of Tutankhamun.
Hawass said that this announcement will be in an international conference — which will be held by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities — in the presence of 40 archaeologists from all over the world to discuss the effects and history of the Golden Pharaoh, as well as holding a dinner party inside Luxor Temple, opening Carter’s house as a museum, and holding a huge opening in front of the Tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.
His remarks came during his participation in a seminar at the 19th Italian Magna Graecia Film Festival.
During the seminar, Hawass answered the questions of the attendees, after which a documentary of Tutankhamun was played.
Tutankhamun — or the Golden Pharaoh or the Boy Pharaoh — is considered one of the most famous pharaohs. The most important reasons for his fame are his rule and death at a very young age. There was a lot of mystery surrounding his death, as his mummy was found with fractures in his thigh and skull.
The second reason for his fame is the discovery of his tomb, which was untouched by the wear and tear of millennia and held several items and treasures in pristine condition.
Several movies, books, and even video games have featured the young pharaoh’s story and the many mysteries surrounding his death. These unanswered questions have led archaeologists to believe that his death was one of the oldest political assassinations in human history.
It is worth noting that this 4 November will mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb and that Egypt is planning to hold a special celebration to commemorate the occasion and prepare an opera.
Egypt is also now in the final stages of preparing for inaugurating the eagerly awaited Grand Egyptian Museum, which will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilisation.
The museum is set to showcase 5,000 relics from Tutankhamun’s collection, as well as 2,000 artefacts that will be displayed for the first time.