World to see ‘true face’ of King TutNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:40 am ICT by admin
His untimely death at the young age of 19, and the subsequent discovery of a swelling at the base of the skull in X-rays of the mummy in 1968 gave rife to speculations that the boy Pharaoh was killed by a blow to the head, a possible victim of a palace conspiracy.
Recent CT scans have, however, suggested that King Tutankhamun died as a result of infection from a broken leg just above his knee, which possibly led to lethal blood poisoning.
Dr Zahi Hawass, general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the London exhibition would help preserve the remains of the Pharaoh.
Only a handful of experts have ever seen true likeness of King Tutankhamun.
To coincide with the opening of the exhibition of the treasures of King Tutankhamun in London next month, Egyptian archaeologists are not putting his mummified body on display in Luxor.
Hawass said archaeologists would remove the mummy from its original golden sarcophagus, which lies in a stone sarcophagus and place it in a climate-controlled plexiglass case in the antechamber of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Incidentally in 2005, a battery of scientists from across the world led by Hawass reconstructed a three-dimensional structure of the King’s face.
The face revealed an unusually flat head, with a large nose and a protruding upper jaw, reports the Daily Telegraph. (ANI)
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