WHAT DID TUTANKHAMUN’S FATHER LOOK LIKE?
The ancient Egyptian pharaoh, who may be the father of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, has a new face. Although this is the most accurate reconstruction to date, long-standing questions about his identity remain unanswered.
His remains were found in 1907 in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings in tomb KV 55, just a few meters from the tomb of Tutankhamun. More than a century after the tomb was discovered, the genetic analysis suggested that the skeleton inside belonged to Tutankhamun’s biological father, and other traces in the tomb suggest to archaeologists that the tomb belonged to Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled from 1353 BC to 1335 BC and was the first pharaoh to introduce monotheism in Egypt. However, some experts dispute these conclusions, arguing that the true identity of the individual is still uncertain.
The reconstruction, which took months to create, was created by scientists from the Center for Forensic Anthropology, Paleopathology, and Bioarchaeology (FAPAB) in Sicily. They worked closely with Cicero Moras, a 3D forensic artist from Brazil who is known for his work on the reconstruction of faces from the distant past, FAPAB representatives wrote on their Facebook profile. Unlike previous reconstructions of KV 55 faces, the new model omits hair, jewelry, and other ornaments in order to “focus on the facial features of this individual”, the post states.
Source: Live Science