The world has been fascinated by King Tutankhamun after the amazing discovery of his tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. Since that time the public has had a thirst for any information about King Tut’s life and death, but that attention has not always been good for King Tut’s mummy.
His body has been subjected to a multitude of tests from an autopsy, to x-rays, and even DNA testing. His mummy has also been looted with some of his body parts left in disarray. Despite all the tests and studies, the results are not always conclusive and sometimes contradictory; for example in one instance, King Tut is described as a warrior king and by another expert as weak and needing a cane to walk.
It’s been just over ninety years since King Tut has come to our attention and it seems that the contradictions have only increased with each study. The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut’s Mummy by Jo Marchant follows the journey of the mummy and tries to discern the data and the arguments between the experts with their own agendas and personalities as each tries to be the one that cracks the truth behind King Tut.