Portrait of an unsuspected pharaoh - La Croix

Tutankhamun, the secrets of the mummy

Thursday, January 10 at 8:55 pm on July 5

In 1922 the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. A grave painted and hastily filled, small and exposed, suggesting a hasty funeral. And with good reason: the funeral protects a child pharaoh who at the age of 19 died brutally, about 1330 years before our era. Tank accident, illness or murder? In 2014, journalist Dallas Campbell traced the latest scientific findings about the mysterious death of Tutankhamen for the BBC. The opportunity to prepare for the exhibition that starts on March 23 in La Villette.

No secret room in the tomb of Tutankhamun

Epic music, gilding, director Tom Stubberfield did not skimp on the spectacular. Dallas Campbell gets on his bike to cross the Valley of the Kings and does not mind driving on a tank. Goal: to calculate how quickly the pharaoh could have been injured during a race. These incarnated scenes provide a subject that is sometimes difficult to illustrate, despite good archival images and breathtaking aerial shots.

3D to support studies

As far as science is concerned, Professor Ashraf Selim performs an unprecedented virtual autopsy of a 3D scan of the Tutankhamun mummy. Many interlocutors have been convened to show the difficulties of researchers to tell the truth about " the most unfathomable mystery of Egypt ".

It is regrettable that a number of important assumptions are omitted. The probable malaria that Toetankhamon suffered from his death, therefore, passed silently, as did the bad condition of his mummy, damaged during his discovery by the British.

This didactic documentary, however, takes time to carefully portray, far away from the royal golden mask, a young pharaoh whose health problems were probably the result of temporal epilepsy and incestuous parents – his father Akhenaton was married to his own sister.

Julia Benarrous