Tutankhamun was a battle-hardened warrior and not merely a sickly boy-king, new research suggests.
Specialized photography uncovered signs of battle scars on the 18-year-old pharaoh’s 3,000-year-old leather war armor.
A University of Northampton researcher worked with a TV crew during the filming of a documentary for Channel 5 in the UK which recreated Tutankhamun’s armor.
It was buried within the famous pharaoh’s tomb and the findings contradict past theories of King Tut’s “feeble image” as a dreamer and philosopher.
The researchers used a technique known as Reflectance Transformation Imaging to examine the battle armor’s secrets.
The relatively new technique involves merging several images of an object photographed under different lighting angles.
Researcher Lucy Skinner said: “It was possible to see abrasion along the edges of the leather scales, meaning that the armor had seen considerable use.”
“That suggests that Tutankhamun had worn it, and that perhaps he had even seen battle.”
“If this is true, it would be an amazing revelation, countering the idea that Tut was a weak and sickly boy-king.”
Skinner’s research involves studying ancient Egyptian and Nubian leather objects to understand how they were made, used, and what they would have looked like.