Scientists have carried out the first ever facial
reconstructions of Egypt's most famous ancient king, Tutankhamun.
Three teams of forensic artists - French, Egyptian and American -
built separate but similar models of the king's face using scans of
The French and Egyptians knew who they were recreating, but the
Americans were not told where the skull came from.
The models of the boy king, who died 3,300 years ago, reveal a
young man with plump cheeks and a round chin.
The models bear a striking resemblance to the mask which covered
the mummified face of King Tutankhamun when his remains were found
by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 and other ancient portraits.
"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.
Using high-resolution photos of the CT scans the US team
correctly identified the skull as coming from a Caucasoid North
African. A CT, or "Cat", scan involves using x-ray technology.