Year 5 visited the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester. Tutankhamun became Pharoah of Egypt at the age of 9 and he died around the age of 18. The reason Tutankhamun is so famous isn’t because he was a great Pharoah; it’s because his tomb wasn’t robbed, so it is the best example of an Egyptian tomb and was very well preserved upon its discovery.
On arrival at the Exhibition, we went into a little room and Daphne, a tour guide, gave us information about the Exhibition. We learnt some interesting facts from Daphne who told us that burial tombs used to be marked with pyramids until the tombs started getting burgled – all the Pharaoh’s valuables were buried with the bodies as Egyptians believed there was an afterlife and they wanted their belongings to go with them. Thereafter burials were underground in order to protect the valuables.
In the mummification process, all organs were removed, apart from the heart. so that the Pharoah could survive in the afterlife. The brain was pulled out through the nose and disposed of as it was believed that the brain was not important. The removed organs were put in Canopic jars which were then placed in the tomb.
We saw lots of information about Tutankhamun and photos of his body being scanned when it was discovered. There were pictures of Tutankhamun’s brain and rib cage, and a model of a reconstruction of Tutankhamun’s skull.
There was a reconstruction of the antechamber where Tutankhamun’s tomb was found in 1922 by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. The wax models of Carnarvon, his wife Lady Evelyn and Howard Carter were very realistic.
Our favourite things included:
The Treasury Room because all of the treasures in the room were exact replicas of how they were made in Egyptian times. (Courtney)
The antechamber and the burial chamber were interesting because you got to experience what it was like when they first discovered the tomb. (Katie)
All of it (Zach)
The hunting knife that Tutankhamun had because it was so shiny! (Fynn)