The week before I'd planned to dive into some study of Ancient Egypt, my friend Marlene told me about a free exhibit at our local university which would only be there through the following week. Way to make my life easier, Lord! What boy wouldn't want to go check out a real mummy?
So, two days before the exhibit closed, we met Marlene and her kids at the university. The displays were set up chronologically, with hierogyphics from the Old Kingdom at the beginning.
We saw two sarcophagi, one for a queen and one for a pharoah, maps and photos of the excavation at King Tutankhamun's tomb, Egyptian trinkets used as amulets, a carved wooden toy boat, gold-coated and plain masks, the cloth gown of an Egyptian child, and more...
A docent explained the process of preparing the body of a king or queen for mummification, and showed us an example of the jars used to store organs.
Ancient Egypt resources:
- Timeline of Ancient Egypt
- Write messages in hieroglyphics
- Ancient Egypt Unit Study at Walking By the Way.
- How to make a mummy
- An online version of the Egyptian board game of Senet (pay to download):
- Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Shachner
- Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander
- A visual history of the Middle East