This is a must see exhibit at the Field Museum. King Tutankhamun was the last ruler of 18th Dynasty to reign over ancient Egypt. The 18th out of 31 dynasties remained in power for approximately 300 years. The boy king took the throne when he was nine years old! His people believed he was a God and worshiped his Egyptian renaissance reign which unfortunately lasted only ten years. Young Tut’s death is still a mystery but his skeletal remains show that his knees and ankles were shattered a couple of days before his death. This family story itself is so intriguing, but not nearly as much as looking into a civilization that existed 3,500 years ago! Our early ancestors had a remarkable appetite for living well. You can tell by this exhibit that this culture had the finest sense in creating art in the forms of golden statues, jewelery, the detail made to their furniture and architecture, and of course their tombs made of solid gold. Once the tomb of Tut’s was discovered, there were eight layers of golden caskets until actually finding the mummy – fascinating! Be sure to call ahead and buy your tickets for this exhibit before it packs up and moves on before January 1. To get you in the mood for this breathtaking experience, check out this ode to King Tut by Steve Martin. Enjoy!
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