Hmm.... The French reconstruction of Tutankhaten's face looks remarkably .. French. The lips and the cheek are what remind me of an atypical French face, or at least from what I know from French textbooks and my own family's facial features.
The new reconstruction looks like they took someone's head, added some makeup, and a bulge to the back of the cranium, for a mysterious, "authentic" feel.
I know it's wrong, and a stupid theory, but I believe this face was highly biased on French facial features. There are some very patriotic French, just as there are very patriotic Americans, or English. Is it possible that, even if on a subconscious level, Jean-Noël was striving for the glory of his country through the resemblance of the famed Tutankhaten to a standard, French face? I don't know... but that face just looks eerily familiar..!!
Your predispositions on the matter would probably make more sense if this was
solely a French effort at reconstruction. But this can quickly be understood as a misguided conclusion when we realize that this was a collaborative effort, largely by the Egyptian team with key scientific help from French and American teams.
As stated here: http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2005/05/ct_scans_show_w.php
"The three teams created their reconstructions separately—the Americans and French working from a plastic skull, the Egyptians working directly from the CT scans, which could distinguish different densities of soft tissue and bone.
The French and Egyptians knew they were recreating King Tut, but the Americans were not even told where the skull was from, yet correctly identified it as a Caucasoid North African,
the council said in a statement.
'The results of the three teams were identical or very similar in the basic shape of the face, the size, shape and setting of the eyes, and the proportion of the skull,” Hawass said.'"
So just because we are unable to achieve perfect accuracy is not sufficient reason to belittle the merit of this authoritative reconstruction.
Here is the completely unbiased reconstruction of the face:
"The American team’s reconstruction. The Americans refused to assign King Tut a skin color because it could not be known."
Therefore, the skin color was deduced from the plain caucasoid features.