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Toutankhamon comes to Geneva

Posted on: 11th November 2013 | Category: Swiss adventures, Trips and excursions

This Sunday, Surval took 24 girls to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Palexpo centre in Geneva. This exhibition recreates through ‘virtual archaeology’ the experience of Howard Carter and his team of archaeologists as they discovered the lavish and magnificent tomb of the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922.

The girls first made their way through a series of short films which gave an interesting background into the Pharaoh himself as well as the archaeologist Howard Carter. They learnt about Carter’s fascination with the tomb of the forgotten King and his determination for more than 10 years to discover the tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. The incredible scenes of discovering each section of the tomb were recreated in extraordinary detail as we witnessed ourselves the burial treasure of Tutankhamun in its original layout, just as it lay untouched for 3000 years.

The girls then had time to explore more than a thousand pieces of the funeral treasury such as Tutankhamun’s gold mask, solid gold coffin, ornate jewellery worn during the Pharaoh’s lifetime, gilt throne and ceremonial chariot.

The students spent the remainder of their afternoon exploring a rather rainy central Geneva before returning back to Surval.

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