Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered
With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power.
But in the flesh, Tutankhamun had buck teeth, a club foot and “girlish” hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh’s remains. And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.
A ‘virtual autopsy’, composed of more than 2,000 computer scans, was carried out in tandem with a genetic analysis of Tutankhamun’s family, which supports evidence that his parents were brother and sister. The scientists believe that this left him with physical impairments triggered by hormonal imbalances. And his family history could also have led to his premature death in his late teens.
Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered, Sunday, 9pm on BBC One (x)