National Geographic : 2010 Sep
FATHER Akhenaten KV55 The identity of King Tut's father has long been a mystery. One candidate is the heretic pharaoh, Akhenaten, who abandoned the gods of the state to worship a single deity. In a badly decayed mummy was discovered in KV , a small tomb in the Valley of the Kings containing a jumble of artifacts connected to various kings and queens of the late th dynasty. Royal epithets on the defaced coffin suggested the body inside might be Akhenaten. DNA now confirms the mummy to be a son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye---known to be the parents of Akhenaten---and the father of King Tut.