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06/02/2017

Discovering Tutankhamun's treasures

On Thursday the Year 4 children hopped in the minibuses to travel to the Cairo Museum. (Well, not quite… but the next best thing.) Some might say an even better thing. Says teacher Mrs Thomas, 'Having visited both myself, I can honestly say that the replicas in the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester are beautifully labelled and presented and are seemingly more radiant than the real artefacts displayed in the Cairo Museum'.

The children were treated to an introductory talk by Daphne, the curator, and impressed her by their knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. Then the treasure hunt began. Everyone crept through the darkness to try to empathise with Howard Carter, Lady Evelyn and Lord Carnarvon on that long-anticipated day in November 1922. They were then faced with the antechamber with its ‘wonderful things’ and then onto the burial chamber.

The stone sarcophagus towered above the children and even in the dim lights they were struck by the bright colours of the wall paintings. The treasure room is for magpies—the glittering, golden items all presented in their glass cases. The iconic mask of Tutankhamun stood as a centrepiece to remind the group of the work still to be done in the DT room this term.

The children saw mummies, not only the darkened, dry body of the 5 foot 6 inches tall Tutankhamun but Ginger and friends upstairs. They also watched a video of the making of a mummy - not for the faint-hearted.

Everyone came away quite satisfied and perhaps a little richer in knowledge of the boy Pharaoh. Where to next?.....

 

Mrs Thomas 

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