Monday, November 5, 2007

King Tutankhamun Revealed

I was fascinated to read the latest news yesterday about "King Tut". Archaeologists removed the mummy from its tomb, carefully revealing his face to the public.

King Tutankhamun ruled Egypt from 1333-1324 BC, ascending the throne at age nine. With a relatively short rule, his tenure bears moderate historical significance. He became hugely significant in 1922 when archaeologists discovered his tomb and mummified body, which was virtually intact. It was considered a major discovery and provided a huge amount of information about ancient Egypt. King Tut's tomb itself was filled with a fabulous treasures of gold, ebony and other precious metals and stones. The most famous portion of the tomb was the centrepiece, which was where the Pharaoh's mummified body was laid to rest over 3,000 years ago. The body was covered in jewels and his face had a solid gold burial mask.

There were many theories about King Tut being murdered, but a recent CT scan of his remains confirmed to scientists that he was not murdered, but probably died of infections from a broken leg. Egyptian authorities report that the young king died after the wound on his broken leg became infected. Not all scientist agree that this is what killed him so young, but all have now rejected the long-standing theory.
King Tut: Before and After Death:
Photo far left: Computer Generated Image of what researchers believe was what King Tut looked like, and photo to the right of that is him today. Is it my imagination, or does the young King Tut resemble singer Boy George from Culture Club? It's amazing what they can do today. But looking at the photo of the mummified king today, he still looks better than Michael Jackson, don't you think?

Photo left: Archaeologists uncover the mummified body of King Tutankhamun. It really was a very cool sight to see.

Hope you enjoyed this update, I borrowed the photos from the bbcnews site.

-Rick Rockhill

14 comments:

CRUSTYBEEF said...

King Tut struck me as a similar face to Maya something, the one on Saturday night live..

But it is exciting to see history as present and unwrapped. Good piece here!!
Always,
Crusty~

Scott said...

Wait...are you sure that before picture isn't Barbara Streisand??

Burfica said...

I saw that on t.v. Handsome sucker aint he? lol

TWISI said...

they need to stop digging up dead people and messing with their graves, that is bad karma!

Lewis said...

I remember when I was younger, maybe 1976???, when the King Tut exhibit came through town on the train....it stayed at the station giving tours for quite some time.

captain corky said...

He does look like Boy George! It's amazing what they can do now.

KarmaLennon said...

I just heard about this. I'm so fascinated with things of this nature.

marlupe said...

oh how very cool. somehow I did not hear about it yet.

Stephen Rader said...

He looks a little Barbra Streisand to me. Maybe it's the eye makeup. :)

Biddie said...

LOL. I do see a bit of Boy Georse in the little king :)

Desert Songbird said...

Bwahahaha! Boy George - that's just what I thought.

Wait.

Does that make us weird?...

jillie said...

LOL@scott!!!

I saw that in the paper today. How cool would that have been to have been the one to see it for the first time?

;o)

WAT said...

I hope this doesn't unleash a curse or something.

Didn't the original discoverers of the tomb face terrible fates opening up the place back in 1922?

soulbrotha said...

What a crock that computer imaging is. Exactly what are they basing their analysis on? Because that image is not even close to the images of his father and grandmother, Queen Tiye! Total crap!

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