The archeologist that discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb – Howard Carter – didn’t use the best methods when exhuming the dead king’s body. His focus on the gold caused him to do some serious damage to the mummy. Writing an essay about the repercussions of his actions gives insight into how a careless archeologist can damage the artifacts of the past, obscuring the accuracy of historical research on the corpse. For example, partially because of Carter’s carelessness, it is difficult to tell the true cause of death for the young king.
King Tutankhamun is a well-known leader of ancient Egypt, but he is still shrouded in mystery. Some claim that a curse pervades his tomb while others dismiss it as silly superstition. Performing educational projects can help you better understand the mystery surrounding the young king as well as the circumstances of his tomb’s discovery.
Researching Carter’s Methods
Paper Mache Sarcophagus
The sarcophagus is perhaps one of the most recognizable artifacts from the tomb of a pharaoh. King Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus was no exception with its delicate paint job and opulent golden sheen. Making a paper mache model of the sarcophagus is a project that allows you to use your hands and get a better idea of the care that workers put into making the ancient coffins for their fallen leaders. Shape the paper mache on the lid of a shoebox to form the shape of the laying pharaoh. Paint it with gold, blue, black and red accents once the mache dries. Every sarcophagus was hand-crafted and customized, so take a close look at King Tutankhamun’s casket for accuracy.
Mapping the Tomb
King Tutankhamun’s tomb was well-hidden, which is why it took archeologists so long to find it. Create a map of the tomb from an aerial point of view to show how well hidden the tomb was. Add details such as the location of the king’s sarcophagus within the tomb as well as the other sarcophagi buried in the tomb along with him. It doesn’t have to be highly detailed, though. Use vague shapes with written labels to determine what each item within the tomb represents.
King Tutankhamun was a young king and his burial methods were highly suspect. For example, the embalming process was sloppy on his corpse, so his body bonded to the bottom of the sarcophagus. His history is also vague, which is different from the usual things you see in a tomb because the Egyptians usually took detailed records seriously. Compile a list of evidence that suggests foul play in the death of King Tutankhamun and write a paper supporting the hypothesis that he was either murdered or explain why you think his death was accidental.
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