Howard Carter Missed the Aliens

Pretty cool news from the Griffith Institute at Oxford, a Mecca for Egyptology: They have digitized all of Howard Carter’s handwritten notes (3500 handwritten cards) taken about King Tut’s tomb and put them online. The online database also includes over 1000 photos.

I naturally wanted to find Carter’s notes about the two fetuses (er … alien babies) in Tut’s tomb. I had to email the Institute since I couldn’t find the stuff right away (wrong key words). Here is the Institute’s gracious and speedy response for you all — and click on the link to read Carter’s notes.1

Dear Dr Heiser,

Thank you for your email and the congratulations!

Our database is constructed around Howard Carter’s ‘hand list’ of
objects as an attempt to standardise names and descriptions;
consequently items are not always described in the terminology we use
today. If you search for ‘child’  or ‘mummy’ you will find the
information you’re looking for. The foetuses did not have their own
sarcophagi, only small coffins, inside a large box. If you’d rather
search on the object numbers, use Carter number 317 here:
http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/carter/300-349.html to find
information on the box, the coffins (317a & b) and the mummys (317 a(2)
& b(2)).

If you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes

XXXXXXX
Griffith Institute
University of Oxford

So, Howard missed the alien presence in Tut’t tomb. What a bummer.

  1. I should mention in one he has a question mark at the description of the infant child — but he wasn’t debating if it was an alien — other cards have him clearly referring to the contents as a child — his question was about whether it died naturally.

DNA Results for the Fetuses in Tut’s Tomb

Some readers asked about this a while back in response to this post about how the “small bodies” in the tomb were not baby aliens (!) but human fetuses, as well as in response to the recent DNA testing of Tut’s remains (see, in order, here, here, here, and here).  I had emailed some Egyptologists about whether the fetuses had been tested but came up empty as far as any publication.  But apparently I just didn’t ask the right people. But to be fair, maybe I was asking the wrong question. I was looking for publication of the DNA work on the fetuses. That apparently has not been produced, but the fetuses are included here in terms of DNA comparisons.

Today the KV64 blog posted some new discussion of the DNA of the larger of the two fetuses.

The discussion and debate are still swirling about what can and cannot be said about the DNA of Tut and all the other individuals whose DNA was tested and compared. That’s because (a) there are ambiguities in the test results and (b) scholars are typically very cautious people when it comes to publishing their ideas.  Some are now wondering if the fetuses are Tut’s children. There is nothing in the DNA that says they aren’t, but some researchers want all the DNA signs to line up in such a way that the question would be stupid.  The results have just raised certain questions as you can see by reading the above link about the larger fetus.

One question that isn’t being entertained is “hey, what do we do about all the extraterrestrial DNA signatures in the results?” Sadly, there are none. The fetuses are all too human.  Another bummer for the ancient astronaut crowd.

Alien Fetus in King Tut’s Tomb?

Well . . . half of that is right . . . the fetus part, anyway.

The picture below is often offered as part of the “aliens visited ancient Egypt” paleobabblefest on the internet.

The mummified corpse on the right is said to be alien (“just look at the head and eyes . . . must be alien”).  Alien researchers also like to wonder aloud why the scientific community hides such information and doesn’t just admit it’s proof of aliens.

Is this an alien body?  Nope. And it’s hardly a secret picture, either. The picture can be found in Nicholas Reeves’ book, The Complete Tutankhamen (1990, pp. 124-125), a widely-sold resource on King Tut.

So what is it?  It’s one of two HUMAN CHILD fetuses found in Tut’s tomb. Here is the original in situ photo of the tomb tiny sarcophagi:

The scale of the two small fetuses is perhaps better noted from this (again, hardly secret) photo of Zahi Hawass unwrapping one of the fetuses:

Now here’s a closeup of the unwrapped fetus:

Gosh!  That sure looks like an alien!  Yeah; it looks like an alien all right — unless you’ve ever seen the skull and skeletal remains of a human fetus.  Here are some examples at 21.5, 30, 31, and 34 weeks, respectively. They are all photos of human skeletal recreations created by the same medical supply company that I linked to a few posts ago about elongated skulls.  (And there are more examples at the medical supply link). Everyone that goes through medical school sees skulls and skeletons like this. No news here; no aliens.

Lastly, here’s a set of human fetal skeletal remains with skull at 32 weeks. (And remember, humans aren’t aliens).