Unmasking King Tut

Modern technology puts a face on the famous Pharaoh and--curses!--lays to rest a 3,300-year-old murder mystery

The fearsome mummy that spawned a legendary curse and a generation of horror movies turns out to have been a slender, buck-toothed teenager who probably died after a serious accident. A team of Egyptian scientists recently put King Tutankhamen through a medical scanner, generating 1,700 highly detailed three-dimensional images of the boy king's remains. Using an exact model of Tut's skull, three forensic teams then reconstructed the face behind the famous golden mask. The process is documented in a National Geographic Channel special, King Tut's Final Secrets, airing May 29. The images also debunk the notion that Tut was murdered. The...

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