National Geographic : 2005 Oct
Forum June 2005 As Editor in Chief Chris Johns predicted in his June column, some readers were dismayed at our re-creation of Tutankhamun. Many letters reflected reader Jeffrey Carey's view: "I disagree strongly with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S version of the reconstructed face of King Tut. By calling his image Caucasoid, you are misleading many people." King Tut Revealed I have always thought very highly of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. However, this edition has fallen far short of the reputation it has held for so many years. This misrepresentation of King Tutankhamun as pale skinned and ski nosed is once again an effort to Europeanize Egypt. BONITA EVANS Montclair,New Jersey As someone of Egyptian descent, I was ecstatic to see NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC undertake such a tremendous project. King Tut perfectly fit my image of how he looked. His facial features were all correct and proportional, and he would certainly have fit in roaming around modern Cairo's Tahrir Square. PATRICK ELYAS Los Angeles, California For those of us who are armchair Egyptologists, I appreciate the FOR MORE INFORMATION Toget NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800 -548-9797. The magazine's website: ngm.com. For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications. depiction of the winged goddesses from Tutankhamun's burial shrine on the photo foldouts. It shows a respect for his remains and religious beliefs. INA CHANDLER-BENGE Olaton, Kentucky I wonder if the (re)excavation and scan of King Tutankhamun's remains were necessary. Other than possibly learning his age, cause of death, and facial con tours, nothing of any real impor tance can be gleaned from the efforts. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt still have many secrets to divulge. But scholars are misguided when they seek the answers to questions that fail to shed light on the larger social and political changes that char acterized King Tut's short reign. NEAL A. NOVAK Baton Rouge, Louisiana Although your article on King Tut was fascinating, it contained an omission. Were any DNA sam ples taken and, if not, why not? ANN MARIE ACKERMANN Boennigheim, Germany It is the policy of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities not to do DNA testing on mummies. Some experts believe such tests are not yet accurate enoughfor ancient NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * OCTOBER 2005 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C, as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 8,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. 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