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Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered
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For a documentary that sets out to resolve the mystery surrounding the death of Tutankhamun, this spends an awful lot of time on what didn’t kill King Tut.
Presenter Dallas Campbell, hurtling into the Valley of the Kings on a motorcycle, looks at all of the big theories – that the pharaoh, who was about 19 when he died, was killed in a chariot accident. Or was he murdered?
It’s only when Campbell and various experts and scientists look into Tutankhamun’s complex and disturbing family history that what everyone involved thinks is the truth finally begins to emerge.
Whatever, the story of the Boy King remains a spellbinding one, and a computerised forensic reconstruction of his face and body is haunting and poignant. He might have been buried with that exquisitely beautiful death mask, but his short life was painful and sad.
What killed Tutankhamun? Ever since the tomb of the boy king was discovered in 1922, he has become arguably the most famous pharaoh of all ancient Egypt. But his mysterious death at just 19 years of age has never been explained. Now, Dallas Campbell reveals new scientific research aimed at getting to the truth. A CT scan of the pharaoh's mummified body creates a full-size image of the real Tutankhamun, while DNA analysis uncovers a shocking secret about his family background - and the genetic trail leads to a revolutionary new theory about his sudden and unexpected death.
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