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Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures

Season 1 Episode 2 SBS January 21, 2018

There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of such opulence than Egypt's most famous king? Tutankhamun's legendary death mask is arguably the greatest treasure in history, found on the head of the king's mummified remains. Yet the mask betrays more than the king's wealth. Discrepancies between the mask and the head piece have led Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves at the University of Arizona to theorise that the mask wasn't intended for Tutankhamun, but remodelled for him. The presence of earring holes suggests it was originally intended for a woman. Now it's time to put this theory to the test.

The focus turns to two tiny babies that were buried with Egypt’s boy king 3000 years ago, and could hold the key to finally unravelling the twisted web of his family. With a revolutionary DNA study, disease testing and forensic bone analysis, the program uncovers the inbred world of Tutankhamun’s dynasty. It unravels the claims that the boy king was plagued with hereditary diseases, and finally identifies the twist of biological fate that killed the two tiny royals. The show also reveals how their deaths changed the course of Egyptian history, leading to the beginning of an entirely new regime.

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