06 November, 2013

The shadow king: the bizarre afterlife of King Tut's mummy [Annie, Helensville Library]

The story of King Tutankhamun's discovery in 1922 is well-known. This is - only in part - the subject of this book. The shadow king focuses on what-happened-next, and little a bit on what-happened-before. To this day there is ongoing debate and scientific research based on that famous discovery. 


Tut's 'afterlife', as it were, brings a tale of academic dispute, cutting-edge science, and red-hot politics.

The author doesn't try to solve problems or answer questions - but raises awareness of the issues. 

How did Tut die? Who are his parents? Was he healthy or sickly? Can you reliable DNA from mummies? How can you tell who is right?

A fascinating read for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt and/or science.

Title: The shadow king: the bizarre afterlife of King Tut's mummy
Author: Jo Marchant. 
ISBN: 9780306821332. 
Published: 2013. 
Publisher: Da Capo Press.

~ Ann(i)e, Helensville Library. 


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