In 2014, using data from 2,000 C.T. scans of his mummy as well as other research material, a BBC show came up with a new answer to an enduring question: what killed the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun? But it was the image that the program-makers created of what the legendary pharaoh probably looked like that deeply shocked viewers. That’s because it’s a representation that clashes harshly with the beauty of Tutankhamun’s funerary artifacts.
King Tutankhamun ruled some 33 centuries ago, from about 1332 BC to 1323 BC – or during the ancient Egyptian era that academics call the New Kingdom. He came to the throne aged about nine or ten, after the death of his father Akhenaten.