Monday, October 15, 2012

What I Did Saturday

I was in Idaho Falls over this past weekend and stopped by the Treasures of King Tut's Tomb exhibit at the Idaho Museum.  Many of the items on display are actually replicas, but still worth a look.  Here are a few pictures of what I saw.

This is a replica opf the actual disinterred remains of ol' Tut himself. Kind of creepy, if you ask me. Below is the top end of the cover of the sarcophagus which holds the remains.


meppowers said...

Creepy is right, John. I remember your Dad and I went to the ROM in Toronto once and went through a Egyptian exhibit. The number of mummies really grossed me out. All those people looking for everlasting life - what the heck were they doing in Toronto???

T said...

I remember reading that part of their belief was that so long as their name was not forgotten they would live on. It seems that the famous kings from back then achieved that aspect.

One of the things they would do to punish their enemies/rivals would be to chisel out their names and faces from any monument where it occurred to destroy any chance of immortality.


John Hajduk said...

That was apparently a common belief in ancient societies (Greece & Rome too), and I guess the modern pursuit of celebrity is kind of motivated by the same thing. Certainly worked in Tut's case-- as Steve Martin figured out thirty odd years ago ;-)
Dr. John