TITLE – Tutankhamen Speaks
SERIES – The Quest Books Companion to Sons of the Sphinx
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Historical Fiction Ancient Civilizations
PUBLICATION DATE –Jan. 2014
LENGTH – 80 pages
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTIST – Rita Toews
2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.)
Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts.
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The Discovery of King Tut
By Cheryl Carpinello
November 2016, will mark the 94th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. Since my visit to Egypt in 2008, writing a story set in ancient Egypt started to grow in a back corner of my mind. When the objects of that discovery were put on a US tour in 2010, I began to toy with the idea of a story revolving around King Tut. The result was Tutankhamen Speaks followed by Sons of the Sphinx.
In November 2015, I had the opportunity to attend The Discovery of King Tut exhibit at the Grand Rapids Museum in Grand Rapids, MI. While all the objects on display were replicas, it didn’t diminish the grandeur of them. I remembered seeing several in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in 2008. This time, however, I was able to take pictures of the objects. Here are a few of the more spectacular ones.
Four chariots were found broken down in the tomb, but museum personnel were able to reassemble them. On this one the detailed pictures tell of hunting and war.
One of the more sobering exhibits was these tiny coffins, which contained the mummified remains of Tut’s stillborn children.
In contrast, two of Tut’s sarcophagi were layered with gold and jewels.
Here is a close-up showing the detailed inner sarcophagus.
Undoubtedly, the most well known item in the exhibit was the golden throne of Tutankhamen with its ostrich feather, the picture of Tut and Ankhesenamun on the backrest, and the lions’ heads on the arms.
I have posted all the pictures I took on my Pinterest page. https://www.pinterest.com/ccarpine/the-discovery-of-king-tut/
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.
Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview Childrens/Tween/MG/YA authors; and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.
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