There are many known pharaohs throughout history, but one of the most well known is King Tutank hamen. You are probably wondering who that is. We are talking about King Tut. He was the king in Egypt a long, long time ago. We went to the new exhibit “The Discovery of King Tut” in Manhattan.
Back in 1341 B.C. in Egypt, a child was born to a king and queen. That kid was Tutankhamen. When he was only 9 years old, his father died, and he took his place as king. Being so young, he had a lot of challenges to face, but he had adults helping him. Everyone wanted him to change the laws and policies his dad had made. He did, and the people were happy.
In 1323 B.C., a tragic accident happened and King Tut died at age 18. When someone important died in ancient Egypt, they were put in a coffin that was buried in a tomb. The Egyptian people believed there was an afterlife, so they wanted all the things to be buried with them that they would need in an actual life. For example: hearts, lungs, organs, water, food, everything — even boats! They would kill the shabatis (servants) so the king would have servants in the afterlife. Piles of gold would be everywhere.
In 1923, an amazing discovery happened when Howard Carter found King Tutank hamen’s tomb.
When Carter was a kid, he was always interested in Egypt. He knew almost every single tomb got robbed, then he found out that King Tut’s tomb was never robbed, and that’s what started his search. As an adult, he flew to Egypt and started digging, along with a lot of other people. In 1923, one of Carter’s workers hit a hard, sealed door while digging. When they opened the door, they saw “wonderful things.”
There were four rooms in the tomb, the antechamber, treasury, burial room and the annex room. When they were exploring the tomb, they saw a shrine, and inside the shrine was another shrine. Inside that shrine was another shrine, and in that shrine there was another! Inside the last shrine there was King Tut’s coffin. There were four layers of gold over the coffin, and he was wearing a beautiful gold mask.
As we entered the museum, we wore a special audio microphone to listen to all the facts about King Tut and the discovery of his tomb. The tour guide showed us into a mini theater. The lights went out and we saw an amazing short film of King Tut and Carter and his discovery. Next, we went through the rooms of King Tut’s tomb exactly how they were found. Finally, we walked downstairs and saw King Tut’s casket and everything that was buried with him when he died. There were heavy gold earrings that men and women often wore. Also, there was a chariot to get around town in the afterlife. We thought it was an awesome learning experience, and it was an epic thing to see!
It is at Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue, 417 Fifth Ave. To find out more, visit tutnyc.com