Treasures of Tutankhamun
Favourite finds from one of history's greatest archaeological digs
A treasure trove of golden shrines and idols, food, furniture, clothes and games, weapons and model ships lay buried in the grave of this forgotten ruler. After an interrupted robbery shortly after the Pharaoh's burial in 1323 BCE, KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun, had laid undisturbed in the Theban desert for more than 3 000 years, and it quickly gained global renown as one of the greatest archaeological finds in history
With more than a thousand precise replicas, the international exhibition Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures showcases this amazing discovery exactly as it was found nearly a century ago. It begins with a short video and life-size models of the tomb's chambers, followed by a selection of objects individually displayed and grouped into themes, which are explained via an audio guide.
And the presentation is enormous. The adage "You can't take it with you when you die," clearly did not apply to the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, certainly not to Tut's tomb. As I combed through idols and coffins, miniature boats and what appeared to be a life-sized, divine chia pet, I kept asking myself a single question: Do any of these things hint at how Egypt became one of the longest-lasting civilizations in the world? In an age of so much political unrest, their cultural longevity was staggering.
Or do you?
Whether I unlocked any philosophical secrets during my "excavation" remains up for debate. I did, however, see a lot of really cool stuff. Whether you plan on seeing the exhibit yourself or simply want to walk with me through Tut's tomb, below are several objects you'd not want to miss. We start with the famous death mask...