Guest Post from Janice Frank, Thomas Edison Magnet School

Janice is a science teacher at the Thomas Edison Magnet School in Meriden.  She took advantage of Teacher Tuesdays at the King Tut Exhibit at Discovery Times Square and was kind enough to share her reflections with us.

The 150 piece King Tut collection is spectacular.  Tiye, his mother, has a beautiful gold sarcophogus and death mask that show the intricate workmanship of the Egyptian craftsmen.  A reversible gameboard with tiny pieces is a fun and unusual artifact.  The audio tour explains the family history and pieces in the collection.  King Tut’s father, Akenhaten shifted the religion from many gods to a single sun god, Aten.  King Tut’s original name was Tutankhaten (Aten sun god).  He changed his name to Tutankhamun (Amun-Ra, King of the Gods) to highlight his desire to return back to the original religious beliefs.  This exhibit also explains the DNA detective work that was done to discover his familial links.  By removing bone cores from his mummified femur, King Tut’s chromosome pattern was compared with other mummies’ genetic fingerprints to determine his ancestry.  I recommend that you go early to the exhibit as it became more crowded later in the day.  The 3-D movie has excellent cinematography but  is about King Ramses and not about King Tut.  My only wish for this exhibit is that it had more artifacts like King Tut’s death mask and gold sarcophogus.  The sarcophoghii outlines on the exhibition hall floor highlighted the number of missing pieces that I would have loved seeing!

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