TORONTO (October 22, 2014) – Tutankhamun, the boy king, has fascinated the public ever since Howard Carter discovered his spectacular tomb in 1922. King Tut was a young man – only 19 years old – when he died suddenly and unexpectedly. Was he assassinated, struck down by disease, or did he suffer a fatal accident? The mystery surrounding his untimely death has baffled generations of researchers, scientists, and historians — until now. A fascinating new Discovery special explores the life of Tutankhamun and reveals a ground-breaking new theory about his untimely death. With a team of experts, science journalist Dallas Campbell re-opens the ultimate cold case in KING TUT UNMASKED, premiering Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery. An international co-production for Discovery Canada, BBC One (U.K.), and Smithsonian Channel (U.S.) by STV Productions and Cream Productions, this one-hour special follows Campbell on a gripping journey to uncover what killed Tutankhamun. With state-of-the-art forensic science equipment, leading experts, and stunning CGI, KING TUT UNMASKED reveals extraordinary new facts about the boy king’s life and a remarkable new theory about his unexplained death.
Using new technology, KING TUT UNMASKED carries out the first ever “virtual autopsy” on the 3,000-year-old remains. With rare access to 2,000 CT scans of the pharoah’s mummified body, the special creates the first scientifically accurate, full-size image of the real Tutankhamun. Drawing new data from these technologies and consulting with the leading experts – including paleopathologist Dr. Albert Zink, surgeon Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, radiologist Dr. Ashraf Selim, and Canadian Egyptologist Gayle Gibson – this new picture of Tut reveals that the pharaoh suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided. And then, with new DNA research, KING TUT UNMASKED delivers a shocking secret about Tutankhamun’s family genetics, presenting a radical new theory to explain Tut’s sudden death.
“Trying to navigate through the intense speculation and politics that surround one of the most famous characters in history is both daunting and thrilling in equal measure. Foolhardy perhaps!” said Campbell. “But using solid science and a truly multi-disciplinary approach, we’ve finally been able to put to bed some of the myths and pre-conceived ideas that have surrounded his life and death, and hopefully add a new chapter that will ensure the Tutankhamen story continues to fascinate.”
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