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Scientists have recreated the face of the most famous pharaoh. But at the same time find out the cause of his death (photos)

May 11 2005
23:59

Scientists have recreated the face of one of the most famous Egyptian pharaoh, who died 3300 years ago.

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In working on this project attended by experts from France, Egypt and the United States, each of which independently recreated the face of Tutankhamun from the images of skull.

It is worth noting that Americans, unlike the Egyptians and the French, did not know whose face they rebuild. Nevertheless, all three groups of researchers have similar images.

"The results of the three groups are identical or very similar in regard to the overall face shape, size, shape and fit the eye and the proportions of the skull. And the differences are largely derived form the tip of the nose and ears," - Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.

"The form of the face and skull are remarkably similar to the famous portrait of Tutankhamun as a child when he was known as" God of the sun at dawn rising from a lotus flower, "- said Hawass.

Judging by the pictures, the young pharaoh was a lean physique and the time of his death in 1352 BC - he was then 19 years - was quite healthy. The most likely cause of death, experts say complications from a broken leg, and not murder, was believed for many years, reports the Russian service of BBC.

Tutankhamun was a child, when he became pharaoh. Its predecessor was the pharaoh Akhenaten, who refused to worship the traditional gods of the Egyptians (the wife of the ruler of ancient Egypt was the famous Nefertiti). After Akhenaten's death, his name was cursed, and all built their cities and temples destroyed. According to one version, Tutankhamen, returned to the worship of the "old" gods, was killed by the surviving followers of Akhenaten.

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