Monday, September 29, 2008

Boy king's belongings suggest afterlife is all fun and games

Dallas News (Nancy Churnin)

Tutankhamun ascended the throne as a 9-year-old and died about 10 years later. Many things in the boy king's tomb, from a dog collar to game boards, reflect his young age.

David Silverman, national curator for the exhibition and professor of Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania, hopes others will become as hooked on Egyptology as he became after going to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art as a youngster.

"It was so exotic, and the more I learned, the more mysteries I uncovered. Most Egyptologists love detective stories. I'm one of those. It's fun to try and figure it all out," he says. Here are some of Tut's toys

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