Tutankhamun riddle solved

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

New research has found the teenage king died of gangrene after breaking his leg.

The revelation came as scientists unveiled the first-ever facial reconstructions of Egypt’s most famous ancient king.

The scientists discarded earlier theories that Tutankhamun had been killed by a blow to the head.

“After consultations with Italian and Swiss experts, Egyptian scientists … have found that a fracture in the boy king’s left leg a day before his death was infected with gangrene and led to his passing,” Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities declared.

“The fracture was not sustained during the mummification process or as a result of some damage to the mummy as claimed by (British archeologist Howard) Carter,” who discovered the sarcophagus of the legendary pharaoh in 1922, it said.

The team also revealed Tutankhamun’s features.

A silicone mould was made after three teams of scientists, using the latest in computer technology, constructed a replica of his 3,300-year-old skull.

The CT scans, the first done on an Egyptian mummy, suggest King Tut was a healthy, slightly built 19-year-old, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall at the time of his death.

The images were strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh’s ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and his family’s characteristic overbite.

That model bears a strong resemblance to the gold mask of King Tut found in his tomb in 1922 by the British excavation led by Howard Carter.

The beardless youth depicted in the model has soft features, a sloping nose and a weak chin.

His eyes are highlighted by thick eyeliner.

But even with the help of the latest high-tech gadgets, the experts still could not agree on some features.

They disagreed on the shape of his nose and ears, of which details were obtained by superimposing clay on the plastic replica.

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