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Akhnaten worshipping the sun god; 
CMC PCD 2001-310-058 In 1323 B.C., a young Egyptian king died. His name was Tut.ankh.Amum - "the living image of Amun". Tutankhamun is the best-known pharaoh of ancient Egypt. He was probably the son of Akhenaten, the heretic king of the eighteenth dynasty. His mother was probably Queen Kiya, one of the king's secondary wives. Ankhesenpaaten (or Ankhesenamum), his older half sister, became his queen. King Tut He ascended the throne in 1333 B.C., at the age of nine, and reigned until his early death at the age of about eighteen. Some speculate that he was murdered and others think he may have been deliberately sent into battle to be killed. However, the exact cause of his death is unknown. Those who believe he was murdered point to the hole in his skull as evidence, but some experts believe the hole was made after his death. His mummified body was so badly preserved that we may never know the true fate of this minor pharaoh.

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Tutankhamun: beneath the mask
Tutankhamun CT Scan
Latest scans show King Tut was not murdered

Not all scholars agree on the identity of Tutankhamun's parents. One theory suggests that he was the son of Amenophis III and his principal wife Tiy or his secondary wife Meritre. When the results of DNA testing on the pharaohs become available, we may get a clearer picture of the royal lineage.

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PCD 2001-273-043 This bust was found at the entry to Tutankhamun's tomb. Tutankhamun is depicted as the sun god, Re, emerging from a blue lotus in the primeval sea at the moment of his birth. The features are unmistakably those of Tutankhamun, and the exaggerated elongated skull is reminiscent of the Amarna princesses who may have been his half-sisters (the daughters of Akhenaten).
Wood, plaster and paint
Full-scale replica by Aded Zeibdawi

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Tutankhamun Facial Reconstruction
"King Tut's New Face: Behind the Forensic Reconstruction"

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