Undertoad Wednesday May 11 11:28 AM
5/11/2005: King Tut revealed
SteveDallas Wednesday May 11 11:54 AM
Nice pic... here's what he looked like based on a sculpture from his tomb:
lookout123 Wednesday May 11 12:23 PM
is it just me or are the eyes on the first shot a little freaky?
LabRat Wednesday May 11 12:40 PM
anyone else see a resemblance to Barbara Steisand in the first one?? wow.
Saknussem Wednesday May 11 12:47 PM
Well . . .they still yanked his brains out through his nose with a hook on a stick.
ashke Wednesday May 11 12:50 PM
He looks kind of pretty. Or is it just Middle-eastern/north african features??
Vegeta Wednesday May 11 01:01 PM
Those are chubby cheeks?! Geez. Would that make Kate Moss (circa 10 yrs ago) and Chris Robinson the only ones without chubby cheeks?
OnyxCougar Wednesday May 11 02:22 PM
This cracks me up. I was watching a special on how they do this stuff on discovery channel, and they take lots of measurements of modern people from the same geographic area and then average it, and then apply the evidence of peculiarities, and then make the rest up.
Happy Monkey Wednesday May 11 02:32 PM
I think that you wouldn't have to look hard in a museum for the notice that the color of the dinosaur is conjecture. Recently, this fact is even more prominent, with artists' renditions of dinosaurs being given more and more garish and exciting coloring.
Promenea Wednesday May 11 02:37 PM
I wonder if the strange head shape came from molding the head as a baby. That sort of thing was practiced in some cultures (at least I remember mention of this in my anthro class many years ago).
SteveDallas Wednesday May 11 02:38 PM
In this case I think you also have to consider that there are probably a few hundred depictions of Tut from his tomb. Even given that there are questions about how realistic representations of the royal family of this period are, that's got to have some influence on the reconstuctors--I've got to think any ambiguity or "close call" in the data would be consciously or unconsciously resolved in favor of giving him a look similar to that of the known statuary and paintings. (Unless you just found somebody who had never ever seen any pictures of anything from the tomb.)
wolf Wednesday May 11 02:39 PM
I was also thinking of the same thing, that perhaps that shape was considered pleasing at the time..
LabRat Wednesday May 11 02:56 PM
J Lo?? Not in a million...
russotto Wednesday May 11 03:37 PM
It's certainly not unheard-of for ruling families to have anatomical abnormalities. Consider the "Hapsburg chin", for instance.
Clodfobble Wednesday May 11 04:03 PM
Is that dot on his ear supposed to be a mole? How in the hell are they getting information to indicate that?
Pie Wednesday May 11 04:20 PM
Happy Monkey Wednesday May 11 06:34 PM
The eye makeup was common at the time, especially for royals.
capnhowdy Wednesday May 11 08:03 PM
All of us had a classmate in grammar school who had a "baseball head". At my age, none had makeup though.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday May 11 08:19 PM
I think that's an earring hole. They have the jewelry to scale it.
warch Wednesday May 11 10:01 PM
wolf Thursday May 12 02:20 AM
*choke* *sputter* *guffaw*
mrnoodle Thursday May 12 11:15 AM
We get kind of jaded about technology because it's friggin everywhere now, but think about this.... You could be looking at the actual face of King Tut. I mean, that's the first time anyone's seen that guy in a bajillion years. Cool.
SteveDallas Thursday May 12 11:56 AM
If you live nearby to one of the stops or can travel, you have a rare opportunity to see some of the stuff from the tomb.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday May 12 08:08 PM
Screw that, I stood in that goddamn line over 12 hours and then had to break into the garage to get the car back. :p
Lady Sidhe Sunday May 29 07:27 PM
I think the reason that they did the eye makeup was to imitate cats' eyes. The cat was sacred and worshipped as a diety. It was punishable by death to take a cat out of Egypt, they mummified them, families shaved their eyebrows in mourning when a pet cat died, and there were cat graveyards in the city of Bubastis (Bast being the Cat Goddess).
bluRhonda Monday May 30 10:42 PM
OMG!! it's true Tut and Babs could be sibbies!! lol
mrnoodle Tuesday May 31 11:52 AM
hey, welcome bluRhonda. What's a historic restoration contractor do?
Guess Tuesday May 31 05:30 PM
ha! apparently Tut had huge buck teeth! yuk yuk!