thanks for your nice reply! I hadn't really thought of it that Luxor has so many antiquities, to me it's mainly my home town, a place where I feel very happy, and where unfortunately for the time being I cannot be, LOL!
The hieroglyph learning had to be put on the back burner since I'm now learning Arabic, I grew up English speaking but decided I gotta learn the language of my country and so I've joined a course to learn Arabic. It's great fun (a lot of clowns at that class - including me, lol), and I'll take the hieroglyphs up again once that's done.
Glad to hear Zahi Hawass is keeping his conk out of Egyptology now! Awful, how he tried to make money by coming up with his ridiculous theories - and he also looks ridiculous with his stetson (cowboy hat) and jeans!
As to my belief that Ay had King Tut murdered, there are many reasons why I'm convinced that this is the case.
First of all, I looked at the whole story and concluded that Ay was the only person who had an interest in doing away with Tut, and who had the opportunity to do so. Ay basically wanted to become the next Pharaoh. By then it was already very obvious that Tut had been murdered because Xray images of his mummy showed a fracture in his skull.
I just knew that I was right, it's difficult to explain.
Then I saw a documentary on television where two FBI officers from the USA investigated the whole case in all detail, and they came up with the same result. (Why that needed FBI officers is beyond me - I came up with that conclusion, and I'm not trained in criminology - LOL). They also looked at the Xray images of Tut's mummy, and a radiologist explained that these fractures could not have been caused during mummification.
This I agree with by the way, the mummification process would not have caused broken bones.
It seems very logical - the other theories, of Tut having had Malaria and complications from a fractured leg, can be ruled out. Malaria doesn't exist in Egypt, and bone fractures could be cured by Ancient Egyptian doctors.
Also, the theory that Tut had an accident whilst hunting seems unlikely since he would not have been alone out in the desert, so in the event of an accident, he would have been seen by doctors quite soon.
Furthermore, then there is the hurried funeral. It appears that Tut's tomb was originally intended for Ay, and that he was buried very quickly. Why would that have been done - especially to a Pharaoh - if not to destroy evidence?
And I'll go one step further. It is generally assumed that Tut's tomb has been broken into during ancient times, not long after he was buried. Now, I wonder - why has noone ever looked a bit closer at that?
It sure is striking that during this tomb robbery none of Tut's gold and other treasures were taken - but instead, it appears that personal items were taken (this I conclude from the fact that several items were taken from the Cartouche shaped box).
This has lead me to the following conclusion : I think it might have been Ay who was responsible for this tomb robbery - did he maybe intend to hurt Tut's family, who would no doubt have been very upset to know his peace had been disturbed?
If this is the case, then Ay was indeed the sort of power hungry bully that I think he was!
So, all in all, I'm convinced my conclusion is the most logical, but I'm always open to new ideas.
As you can see, it's a shame that I never had chance to study Egyptology at university. Saying that though, I would probably have had arguements with the followers of Zahi Hawass' ideas, lol...
By the way, Sam, how old are you? Was just thinking, since you are at uni, you might be a few years younger than me. Just wondering, lol...
Okay, take care,