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Kids quiz Museum displays new likeness of King Tut

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002

The ''Read All About It'' column is a reading comprehension exercise for children. It is written by Susan Fineman, a reading specialist in the New Haven, Conn., school district.

King Tut restructured

The London Science Museum invites you to ''feast your eyes on the face that hasn't been seen for 30 centuries.'' Find out what's beneath King Tut's mask. Go to www.sciencemuseum.org.uk. Click on the picture of the king, and begin your investigation by choosing the first heading, ''The face of Tutank-hamun.'' Then read the other three parts of the story.

LONDON (AP) -- A fiberglass bust that purportedly shows the true face of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun went on display Monday at London's Science Museum.

The likeness was crafted as part of an investigation into how the teen-age pharaoh died more than 3,000 years ago.

The fiberglass cast of Tut's head, based on computer models generated from 1969 X-rays of his mummified corpse, shows an attractive round-headed youth with full lips. But it bears little resemblance to the golden funeral mask found in the pharaoh's tomb.

The opulent tomb of Tut, who died around 1350 B.C., was found almost intact by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. His glittering death mask and golden coffin are among the most famous Egyptian artifacts in the world.

For a documentary to be screened in October, investigators led by Provo, Utah, police chief Greg Cooper and Mike King of the Utah Attorney General's office traveled to Egypt and examined Tutankhamun's tomb, as well as the 1969 X-rays.

They say the disheveled state of the artifacts in the tomb suggested Tutankhamun's burial was done hurriedly and haphazardly, while the X-rays revealed evidence of a blow to the back of the head.

They examined the cases against four suspects in the king's death -- Ay, who married Tutankhamun's widow and succeeded him as pharaoh; his wife and half-sister, Ankhesenamun; his treasurer, Maya; and his army commander, Horemheb.

Forensic scientists led by Salt Lake City chief medical examiner Todd Grey say the X-rays show that Tutankhamun probably suffered from spinal disorder that fused together vertebrae in his neck and would have made him dependent on a cane to walk. More than 100 walking sticks were discovered in his tomb.

The king took the throne at the age of 9 after the death of his father Akhenaten at age 18. The cause of Tut's death has long been debated, with theories ranging from hunting accident to murder.

Use facts from the story to complete the following statements:

King Tutankhamun

ruled Egypt for 3,000 years.

took the throne around 1340 B.C.

died in 1969.

Tutankhamun became king

at age 18.

when his son was 9 years old.

) after his father died.

The teenage pharaoh was buried

in a golden coffin.

with his wife and children.

by army commander Horem-heb.

King Tut's tomb

was found in 1922.

is a world-famous artifact.

both a) and b) are correct.

Scientists recently examined X-rays of King Tut's corpse to

make sure the mummy's legs weren't broken.

find out the cause of his death.

see if he had an odd-shaped head.

. It is believed that the boy king

died in a hunting accident.

was sloppy and always in a rush.

suffered a blow to the head.

A movie about the investigation reveals that the young Egyptian may have been murdered by

Akhenaten.

Ay.

) a police chief.

Experts discovered that the true face of the ancient king

didn't resemble his burial mask.

was shaped like a bear.

glittered like gold.

. A fiberglass cast of the pharaoh's head

was made by archaeologist Howard Carter.

is on display at the London Science Museum.

will be placed inside the king's coffin.

It is likely that the pharaoh's ornate tomb contained 100 walking sticks because he

was unsteady on his feet.

suffered from a brain disorder.

traveled hundreds of miles on foot.

Answer Key: 1)b 2)c 3)a 4)c 5)b 6)c 7)b 8)a 9)b 10)a



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