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Ancient Egypt Today: Tutankhamun comes to Downton

The exhibition is filled with exact replicas of the contents of Tutankhamun's tomb (Source: Daily Mail).

The exhibition is filled with exact replicas of the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb (Source: Daily Mail).

“Highclere Castle in Hampshire may be best known today as TV’s Downton Abbey, but the stately home has long been famous for its connection to a much older aristocratic dynasty.

Its owners, the Carnarvon family, were central to the hunt for the tomb of Tutankhamun, which led to one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries in history.

Now the spectacular tomb has been rebuilt in the basement of the house, allowing visitors to recreate the experience of the explorers who first stumbled upon the ancient Egyptian treasure 90 years ago” – via The Daily Mail.

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I think that this is a fantastic idea – one can only imagine how much it cost to make exact replicas but it’s a wonderful way of sharing the treasures of Tutankhamun with the public without the need to remove the objects from Egypt.

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4 comments on “Ancient Egypt Today: Tutankhamun comes to Downton

  1. I totally share with you the idea that the collection should leave egypt as less as possible. But i also think the expirience of seeing it for the first time is better if you made some effort like actually going to egypt for example.
    The collection is now in amsterdam where i plan to see it in march.
    According to the Amsterdam EXPO site, the mumy itself was put back in the tumbe in the vally of the kings. Did you know that?

  2. Correction
    A replica of the collection is at the Amsterdam EXPO

  3. I saw the replica of the collection that’s now being exhibited in Amsterdam in Brussels in 2011 (?). It’s definitely worth seeing if it’s the same collection, especially if you don’t get the chance to see them in their natural environment. 🙂

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