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Saturday. November 1. 1997 THE SIGNAL B7 from The Mini Page by Betty Debnam 1997 Universal Press Syndicate The Anniversary of a Great Discovery luts Tomb Kin a Who was King Tut? There is an old Egyptian saying: lb speak someone's name is to bring him or her back to life. Because of the discovery of his treasure-filled tomb, King Tut's name has been spoken time and time again. King Tut's Finding the tomb There is an old saying that "you can't take it with you." This means that you'ean't take your riches to the grave when you die.

The pharaohs, or rulers, in ancient Egypt did not believe in this. They took their treasures with them when they were buried. The Egyptians believed they would be reborn and able to use these grand things. This week we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the richest tomb ever found. King Tut's tomb was discovered on Nov.

4, 1922. The treasures had been buried for fC JWsriOS SBtk 1 Zs A lite-size black statue of the king stood outside the burial chamber. real name was Tutankhamun (TOOT-ahngh-AH-mun.) He came to the throne in 1347 B.C. and ruled for just about 10 years. He married but had no children.

He died when he was 18 years old. Most experts describe his rule as unimportant. However, what makes him very important is that his grave had not been robbed of its treasures. While vandals had entered it twice, they took only a few jewels and oils. Tut's cartouche more than 3,000 years.

This discovery was called the greatest find in the history of archaeology (AR-kee-OLr-uh-gee), the study of the remains of people who lived before us. The famous curse Some people believed that there was Howard Carter (1873-1939), who discovered King Tut's tomb, had to open the stone sarcophagus (sar-KOF-uh-gus), or coffin, and three other coffins, one within the other, before reaching King Tut's mummy. a curse on the people who opened King Tut's tomb. The idea started when Howard Carter bought a new canary shortly before the Valley of the Kings In Egyptian writing (called hieroglyphs), each symbol stood for a sound or an object. The names of pharaohs were enclosed in oval shapes.

The scribes, or writers, felt that the oval would protect the ruler's name. These royal ovals are called King Tut died around 1537 B.C., about 1,000 years after the great Howard Carter Unlike most archaeologists, Howard Carter did not graduate from college. Like his father, he became an artist. At age 18, he was sent to Egypt to trace the art in Egyptian tombs. He became an assistant to a famous archaeologist.

After discovering King tomb was discovered. Carter's workers thought the little yellow bird would bring good luck. When the canary was killed by a cobra, the symbol of the Egyptian kings, some believed that its death was revenge against the men who tampered "cartouches" (car- TEWSH-es). For Tut's happy afterlife As Howard Carter peered through a tiny hole in the door of one of the rooms pyramids were built. These pyramids were such an easy target for robbers that later rulers decided to go underground.

They preferred to hide their graves deep in the desert rock and sand. King Tut's tomb, along with as many as 63 other tombs, was discovered in a deserted desert area known as the Valley of the Kings. with a pharaoh's grave. While some of these men did dirt nnnvrnforll-ir mnof Tut's he became famous, too. While Howard Carter did not get to keep any of the King Tut treasures he found, his writings and lectures made him rich.

U.1C U.llCApCUlCU.lJf, 111UOU yjjg otUS of them, including flower is often in the tomb, someone asked, Can you see anything?" His answer was, "Yes, wonderful things." These included a basket of fruit, feathered fans, statues of servants, knives and even two chariots. Here are just a few of the items. We can tell something about King Tut by what he took with him to guarantee a happy life after death. These are on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Howard Carter, lived to symbol of Egypt old age.

Furniture he Matting of a Mymmni HI'S I Tut probably used this chair when he was young. He came to the throne when he was only about 8 years old. wr The ancient Egyptians A1 Makeup Both men and women wore makeup and jut i e'Sf4 perfume. Keeping li It. I rV, clean and smelling and looking good were Important The lion on top ol this cosmetic ar stood tor strong character.

A mirror Ancient Egyptians paid kx ol attention to their looks. Tut mirror case was designed In the shape of the symbol of life. Mirrors were often placed In Egyptian tombs. believed that bodies had to be well-preserved if the dead persons were to enjoy their life after death. Here are the steps they took for the pharaohs and other wealthy people.

Some of the body's vital organs were removed. The heart was not. It was considered the most important part, so it was kept in the body. The other vital organs were preserved in separate jars. After the body was washed, it was stuffed with linen that had been covered with a special resin, or gum.

It was put in a special salt-like mixture and left to dry out, or dehydrate, for i'il ii A A A The face was packed with beeswax and linen soaked in a gum. The entire body was covered with the sticky gum. Jewels were placed on the body and it was covered with strips of bandages. Sometimes the mummies were placed inside highly decorated coffins made of plaster or gold. Sometimes they were placed inside stone coffins called "sarcophagi." The entire process could take as long as 70 days.

Religious ceremonies were conducted by priests as each step was taken. King Tut's mummy n'tSAHAAA "i i rir '-A- a. a I r( i2 I i ..3 1 1 1 Ai if (S A I A 1M (f) ps about 40 days. The body was later rcstuficd with A solid gold mask covered the shoulders of The drawing Ring Tut mummy ft weigns nni.w4a aiul I iWMllMl With DteClOUS stones. A tslse plaited beard was placed on linen bags, filled with cinnamon, sawdust and even onions.

above shows a mummy carefully wrapped in yards and yards of bandages. Inside King Tut's tomb were four miniature coffins containing the vital organs of the king. This shows the front and back views of one of these coffins. me cwn. Tut's mummy was Inside stone sarcophagus and three coffins that fit Inside one another.

The one holding me mummy was of solid gold. from the Mini Paqe by tlbmm IWf Universal Prn.

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