CT Scans Show What King Tut Looked Like

Just saw this article on Yahoo! and couldn’t help but be amazed.


“CAIRO, Egypt – The first ever facial reconstructions based on CT scans of King Tutankhamun’s mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh’s ancient portraits, Egypt’s top archaeologist said Tuesday.

One of the models shows a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin — with a resemblance to the famous gold mask of King Tut found in his tomb in 1922 by British excavation Howard Carter.

Three teams of forensic artists and scientists — from France, the United States and Egypt — built models of the boy pharaoh’s face based on some 1,700 high-resolution photos from CT scans of his mummy to reveal what he looked like the day he died nearly 3,300 years ago.

“The shape of the face and skull are remarkably similar to a famous image of Tutankhamun as a child where he was shown as the sun god at dawn rising from a lotus blossom,” said Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The CT scans — the first ever carried out an Egyptian mummy — have suggested King Tut was a healthy, yet slightly built 19-year-old, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall, at the time of his death.”

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