What caused King Tut’s final demise? While multiple theories have been put forth, two remain the most hotly debated: murder or illness.
When Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, began digging in the Valley of the Kings, they weren’t even sure if they would find anything. But they suspected there was a mummy named Tutankhamun waiting to be discovered.
The discovery of his perfectly intact tomb in 1922 was reported worldwide and sparked a revival and new interest in Egyptology. Commonly referred to as “the boy-king” of Ancient Egypt, his tomb and the story of its discovery is the main focus of our current exhibition: Unwrapping Egypt.
As we come to the end of our fiscal year on June 30th, I am reminded of one year ago when I reached out to you and the community.
Egyptian hieroglyphics comprised a language that was completely lost from the fourth century A.D. up until they were deciphered in 1822. This ancient language ceased to exist as knowledge regarding how to read and write with them slowly disappeared. As a result, information regarding Ancient Egypt slowly became lost, and many aspects of the culture and society of the civilization became a mystery.
Ancient Egypt has a lot of mysteries: burial chambers filled with mummies and elaborate wall paintings, a vast array of gods and goddesses, and rulers who were revered as more than human.
We put our new building banner up for Unwrapping Egypt. Enjoy!
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