What King Tut May Have Looked Like

Posted on May 11, 2005

King Tut's face created by forensic scientists


Forensic scientists, working in three separate teams, have reconstructed King Tutankhamun's face using photos from CT scans. The BBC reports that the images are similar to King Tut's mask and images found on artwork when his tomb was discovered in 1922.

BBC News writes, "The models bear a striking resemblance to the mask which covered the mummified face of King Tutankhamun when his remains were found by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 and other ancient portraits."

Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told BBC News, "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."

A National Geographic article explains the reconstruction process in greater detail.

Photo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt and National Geographic Society