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Revealed: the face of Siberia's 'Tutankhamun'

By T.K. Randall
January 18, 2021 · Comment icon 4 comments

Image Credit: Elizaveta Veselovskaya, Ravil Galeev / Russian Academy of Sciences
Scientists in Russia have painstakingly reconstructed the face of a Scythian king found in a tomb in East Siberia.
Originally unearthed by a Russian-German expedition in 1997, the Arzhan-2 burial consisted of a Scythian 'King' and 'Queen' found in a wooden chamber in a remote region of Siberia .

The skeletons, which dated back 2,600 years, were endowed in extravagant gold-encrusted clothing.

Now two teams of anthropologists have spent months painstakingly reconstructing the faces of these two historical figures by creating 3D models using laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques.

"The most time-consuming restoration work has been done for the 'Tsar's' skull," wrote anthropologists Elizaveta Veselovskaya and Ravil Galeev.
"Only half of the skull was preserved, which made the task much more complicated."

"The restoration of the brain area was not particularly difficult, since the remaining half made it possible to mirror the destroyed part."

"Great difficulties were associated with the restoration of the facial section. Unfortunately, less than half of the face was preserved, and elements of the skull important for reconstruction have been lost."

Nonetheless, despite these difficulties, the end result is undeniably impressive.

Source: Siberian Times | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
Is it me or do all these reconstructed faces looks like they've got an entourage of Hollywood make up artists touching up every pore on their face... ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by pbarosso 3 years ago
ruled the siberian steppes? or just lived there. big difference.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jaded1 3 years ago
The article states that the skeletons were 2600 years old, yet goes on to say that: "Nonetheless, despite these difficulties the end result is undeniably impressive - revealing to the world, for the first time in thousands of years, the faces of the people who ruled the Siberian steppes at a time when the Egyptians were still building the Great Pyramids." Surely, the Egyptians were building the Great Pyramids around 1950-1900years before that?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Saru 3 years ago
Well spotted, this was an error carried across from the Siberian Times article. This has now been corrected in our coverage of the story.

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