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  • Yigal Levin
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    Message 1 of 2 , May 1, 2005
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      National Geographic Channel World Premiere Special Features First-Ever
      Bust of the Pharaoh Created from 3-D CT Scans

      Exhibition of Tut's Treasures to Include Bust and CT Scans -
      Begins June 2005 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

      WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- He is the most famous Egyptian
      king in history. He became pharaoh at the age of nine -- and ruled for
      nearly a decade before his mysterious death. Since his tomb was
      discovered in 1922, King Tutankhamun and the circumstances surrounding his
      death have been a source of intrigue worldwide. Why did the famed "boy
      king" die so young? Was he murdered? Is there truth to the legendary
      curse set upon those who would disturb his final resting place? And what
      did he really look like?
      On Sunday, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel
      premieres "King Tut's Final Secrets," a high-tech forensic investigation
      unveiling new findings related to his death and the first-ever
      reconstruction of his face and head using revolutionary 3-D CT scan
      imaging -- revealing what he looked like on the day he died. This
      groundbreaking research is also featured as the cover story of National
      Geographic magazine's June issue.
      This two-hour world premiere special follows Dr. Zahi Hawass, leading
      archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, as he and a
      team of Egyptian scientists remove the mummy from its sarcophagus for the
      first time in more than 25 years. The goal: use state of the art CT scan
      technology to solve the mystery surrounding King Tut's death.
      The CT scanner, donated by Siemens Medical Solutions, compiled 1,700
      high- resolution 3-D images including cross-section views of the pharaoh's
      bones, skull and teeth. The scanning of King Tut's mummy is part of a
      landmark, five-year Egyptian research and conservation project.
      Partially funded by the National Geographic Society, the project aims to
      conserve and study the ancient mummies of Egypt.
      "CT technology enables us to virtually 'unwrap' the mummies without
      damaging them," explains Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme
      Council of Antiquities.
      "King Tut's Final Secrets" follows the scientific team as they refine
      the technique of using the CT scanner on Egypt's most high-profile mummy.
      The CT scan finds loose bones inside King Tut's skull, severed ribs and a
      fractured left leg with a missing kneecap. Was he murdered? Or was he
      hurt in battle? Does the newly discovered broken leg offer clues to his
      death? "King Tut's Final Secrets" attempts to solve the mystery.
      The scans also provide a blueprint for reconstructing what King Tut
      actually looked like. Working separately, two paleosculptors use a
      "digital skull" from the scan to map the angles and dimensions of a face
      and transform the raw data into a life-like silicone bust. But, only one
      knows to whom the famous face actually belongs. Their results will be
      compared as we reveal the first complete picture of what King Tut really
      looked like.
      For more than 80 years, the life and death of the fallen pharaoh has
      fascinated generations. Now, for the first time in 26 years, more than
      130 treasures from his tomb will tour the United States beginning June 16,
      2005 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
      The National Geographic exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of
      the Pharaohs, will include 50 major objects excavated from the tomb of Tut
      including his royal diadem -- the gold crown discovered on his head -- one
      of the gold and precious stone inlaid coffinettes that contained his
      mummified internal organs and the CT scans featured in "King Tut's Final
      Secrets." More than 70 objects from other royal graves of the 18th
      Dynasty (1555 B.C.-1305 B.C.) will be showcased as well.
      "King Tut's Final Secrets" is produced by National Geographic
      Television and Film (NGT&F). Executive producer is John Bredar.
      Producer and director is Brando Quilici. For NGC, Martha Conboy is
      executive producer; John Ford is executive in charge of production.
      Based at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.,
      the National Geographic Channel is a joint venture between National
      Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) and Fox Cable Networks. National
      Geographic Channel debuted to an initial 10 million homes in January 2001,
      and has been one of the fastest growing networks in history. The Channel
      has carriage with all of the nation's major cable and satellite television
      providers, making it currently available to more than 53 million homes.
      For more information, please visit
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/channel.
    • Isabelle
      cool! I hope the exhibition makes it to the UK.
      Message 2 of 2 , May 3, 2005
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        cool! I hope the exhibition makes it to the UK.
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