King Tut’s mummification was essentially a disaster. The oils used to preserve his body hindered preservation and actually seared and burned his skin. This came as a huge surprise to his discoverer, Howard Carter as other mummies from this period are in much better condition.

A skull cap is placed on his head and remains relatively intact. His clavicles (collar bones) still remain and his chest cavity has been filled with linen to keep his chest wall from collapsing.

When an initial examination was carried out, it was determined that the oils had fused the mummy to the casket. This made it extremely difficult to lift the corpse out of the coffin. As each layer was painstakingly removed, the team discovered precious jewels that were placed on the body. Once all the wrappings had been removed the body could be seen for the first time.

Tut was probably about 5 feet 6 inches when he was alive and of slight build. Testing on his mummy showed he had a slightly cleft palate. His elongated skull was within the normal range and appears to be a trait within his family.

No definite cause of death has been confirmed.