King Tut

Many people are familiar with this National Geographic cover, which dates from June 2005 and represents an attempt at reconstructing Tutankhamun’s face:

Similar reconstructions have been done of King Richard III (d. 1485) and Simon Sudbury, the archbishop of Canterbury murdered during the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, but I’ve always thought, how do they know? Apparently someone has tried again with King Tut – and not just the face, but the whole body. They have produced an altogether less regal portrait. From the Daily Mail:

The REAL face of King Tut: Pharaoh had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth according to ‘virtual autopsy’ that also revealed his parents were brother and sister

  • ‘Virtual autopsy’ composed of more than 2,000 computer scans carried out
  • Genetic analysis of Tutankhamun’s family showed his parents were brother and sister
  • Family history could also have led to his premature death in his late teens
  • Various myths have him murdered or dying in chariot race
  • Club foot would have made it impossible to take part in chariot racing 

See the original article for photos of this new King Tut (I don’t want to reprint them lest RU have to pony up fees for violating copyright, as has happened in the past).