In Strasbourg, a thrilling journey to the ancient Egypt of Tutankhamun

During a visit to a traveling exhibition that has already visited Paris and Lyon, he will lead us to the discovery of Tutankhamun, who became one of the most famous pharaohs in history. For two hours, the visitor immerses himself in the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Twenty rooms and 2,000 m2 have to be passed through to discover step by step the secrets of archaeological research that turned out to be historical.

As if you were there

More than a century ago, on November 4, 1922, the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, and it is his voice, so to speak, through an audio guide that tells us about it in the exhibition. At the time, the researchers were all convinced that the Valley of the Kings had no more secrets to reveal. Except for Carter, who continued the excavation tirelessly for five years. And the suspense lasts until the end: while he thinks he has found a simple room full of objects, he sees, to his amazement, the decoration of the pharaoh’s tomb.

“I see amazing things. It’s a real museum!”

Howard Carter

The various reconstructions of this exhibition send us directly to ancient Egypt thirty-three centuries ago. Pigments used for wall paints until mold falls, goes through the writing processes, no detail has been left to chance. Among the 242 replicas presented here, some come directly from the workshops of the Cairo Museum.

Tutankhamun, in the light after oblivion

Tutankhamun is the son of the Egyptian king Akhenaten. After the death of his father, the child king was only 9 years old when he ascended the throne. His reign would not last long as he died prematurely at the age of 19. He was quickly buried in a communal tomb, far from the monumental mausoleums. This is how it escaped the gaze of researchers and grave robbers for millennia. The almost untouched tomb of Tutankhamun was finally found 3,200 years after his death in the muddy area of ​​the Valley of the Kings, an area of ​​ancient Egypt where around thirty tombs of pharaohs had already been discovered before him.

Tutankhamun exhibition

The Tutankhamun exhibition opens in Strasbourg: an opportunity to learn more about the archaeological excavations that led to the discovery of his tomb. – (France 3 Alsace)

“Tutankhamun. Discovering the Forgotten Pharaoh”, which will be on display at the Strasbourg Exhibition Center until March 10, 2024.

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