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What King Tut looked like

First ever facial reconstructions based on his mummy have shown striking similarity to his ancient portraits.

By: ASSOCIATED PRESS
| Updated on: May 11 2005, 12:39 IST

The first ever facial reconstructions based on CT scans of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, Egypt's top archaeologist have said.

One of the models shows a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin - with a resemblance to the famous gold mask of King Tut found in his tomb in 1922 by British excavation Howard Carter.

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Three teams of forensic artists and scientists - from France, the United States and Egypt - built models of the boy pharaoh's face based on some 1,700 high-resolution photos from CT scans of his mummy to reveal what he looked like the day he died nearly 3,300 years ago.

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'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,' said Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, on Tuesday.

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

The three teams worked separately in creating their reconstruction models - the Americans and French working from a plastic skull, the Egyptians working directly from the CT scans, which could distinguish different densities of soft tissue and bone.

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