One hundred years ago today British archeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter discovered the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen, better known as King Tut, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
This was a breakthrough discovery- the first of it’s kind and as Howard Carter said when asked what he saw, he said ” wonderful things “. It’s been a hundred years and we are still seeing ‘wonderful’ things coming from Egypt’s ancient past.
I was about 10 years old when I read a book about King Tut and from that moment on I wanted to be an archeologist- I didn’t pull that one off, but in reading everything I could get my hands on about ancient Egypt I learned about the mummification process and Anubis and I ended up becoming a Morticians Apprentice instead.
When the Muses show up it’s kind of hard to predict where they’ll take you.
In 2012 some of King Tutankhamen’s funerary art as well as pieces that represented other dynasties came to Seattle on a ” Tour “.
Not only was I lucky enough to go, I got to go to an event by invitation so I believe there were a less then 500 hundred guests which meant if you were there you could stroll around at a this slow pace and soak it all in each and every artifact and that’s exactly what I did.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I could not believe I was standing there with things I had only read about in books since I was a child. The best word I can use to describe how i felt as I took things in was ‘enchanted’. To be honest, I forgot about my camera after about 15 minutes into the exhibit.
So here are some of my favorite pictures- I hope you enjoy them.
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