Why is there so much speculation about skin tones when there is so much evience in statues, paintings and reliefs. Not to mention the sarcophagi, papyri and sketches.
Because All iconography isn't the same. And because Egyptians, like other blacks come in a variety of Skin Tone. You do realize don't you?, that the first Europeans to see ancient Egyptian art, such as the Great Sphinx and the Tomb of Seti, concluded that they were Negroes.
I recall a statue I saw in the Cairo Museum of Prince Ramose and his wife (Nofret I think), a couple from the Old Kingdom. The Princess was very pale, almost white in her complexion and Ramose was a tanned ochre colour.
Nofret is extremely rare, (pun intended) and suspected of being a fraud, so why are you using that as an example of a typical Egyptian?
I know it is merely one example but there seems to be more primary evidence to show that Egypt was not as different then as it is now, with a mix of European, Arabic and African blood.
That would be a foolish conclusion, since the 1st Europeans to "meet" the ancient Egyptians (the ancient Greeks), referred to them as blacks and woolly haired. And the arabs did not even enter the country until long after Pharaonic Egyptian civilization had died. Nofret statue proves "nothing" in fact, except that it is always sighted precisely because it is unusual.
Surely testing the mummies we have would put lay to all this dispute. Can it be so hard to determine if Tutankhamun was a Black African, or a fair skinned European.
Well, there is a melanin skin doesage test that when conducted on several mummies in france confirmed that they were dark skinned black peoples and not white. Frankly, no serious "current" scientist thinks that King Tut was a pale European.
I'm sure you've seen the facial reconstruction done on him:
What exactly is the point of this thread then? What are you debating?
If you don't think King Tut look like this, and you have sensible reasons was to why, then write Dr. Robin Richards the forensic expert from University College London, who supervised the reconstruction.
Bottom line: No one thinks Tutankhamun was fair skinned or European except Egyptomanical white people who need to believe that Ancient Africans are related to themseles. You guys need to drop the ethnocentric fantasizing and appreciate the Egyptians as the dark skinned Africans they were. Just as the Chinese were Asians, and the Greeks were Europeans.
The fact that the Egyptians are black Africans and in no way related to white people of Europe (whom, they called Tamahou by the way) should not stop you from admiring their culture. No need to lie to ourselves people.