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Tut Mummy Scans Featured In
'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs'
After 26 year absence, the treasures of King Tut were on the road again, in what became an eventual eight-year tour across the USA, with a final stop in Seattle, WA before returning to Cairo, Egypt in January 2013
King Tut travels the world
In 2005, groundbreaking
CT scans of the celebrated pharaoh King Tut were on display in
the National Geographic exhibition "Tutankhamun
and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," which began a four-city,
27-month tour of the United States beginning
at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art.
breaking news in October 2007 revealed that wild demand for the
Tut exhibit had given it new life in America, where plans were
underway to extend the tour in 2008 to several more locations
targeting Texas and Colorado. But
the show still didn't end there with the surprise announcement
that the final U.S. stop would be in Seattle beginning in 2012.
Modern CT scanning gave the
most complete picture ever of
King Tut's mummy ever.
Ancient Egypt meets 21st century technology
of Tutankhamun that were featured in the exhibition were captured
through the use of a portable CT scanner, which allowed researchers
to see through the mummy's wrappings and for the first time, to
compile a three-dimensional picture of Tutankhamun.
images were on display in the final room of the exhibit, along
with other dramatic images and video footage. The scanning of
Tut's mummy was part of a landmark, five-year Egyptian research
project, partially funded by National Geographic,
that CT-scan the ancient mummies of Egypt.
collection of more than 130 treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun,
other Valley of the Kings tombs, and additional ancient Egyptian
sites drew visitors back in time with inventive design to explore
and experience the world and times of King Tut and his contemporaries.
Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. The boy king died under mysterious circumstances in 1323 B.C., in the ninth year of his reign. He was probably only about 18 or 19 when he died. Some Egyptologists believe he was murdered by his successor, Ay.
The exhibition placed fifty of King Tut's burial objects found when Howard Carter discovered the tomb in 1922 in their historical, religious and sociopolitical context to show the changes occurring in Egypt in the late 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C. to 1305 B.C.).
include Tutankhamun's royal diadem -- the gold crown discovered
encircling the head of the king's mummified body that he likely
wore while living -- and one of the gold and precious stone inlaid
canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.
also included more than 70 objects from tombs of other 18th Dynasty
royals as well as several non-royal individuals. These stone,
faience and wooden pieces from burials before Tut's reign will
give visitors a sense of what the lost burials of other royalty
and commoners may have been like. All of the treasures in the
exhibit are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old.
flow and scholarly conception of the show was organized by curator
David Silverman, the Eckley B. Coxe Jr. professor of Egyptology
and curator-in-charge, Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania
Museum, who also helped curate the 1970s tour.
secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities
and director of the Giza
and Saqqara Pyramids, has written the exhibition companion
book, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,"
and a children's book, "Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy
King," both published by National Geographic in June 2005.