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CHS Visits King Tut Exhibit
Houston County Courier - March 2009
Crockett High School students recently took a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the encore tour of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, an exhibition that drew nearly four million visitors during its first debut tour.
The Dallas engagement on Wednesday, Feb. 18 included an extensive array of more than 130 extraordinary artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites.
The return of the exhibition to the United States included a selection of artifacts that are new to the exhibit and have ever before been seen outside of Egypt.
Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said, "I want everyone in Texas to know that the boy king is coming to Dallas, and I personally invite everyone to see this great exhibition so that a new generation of people will experience the history and magic of the boy king."
Proceeds generated from the world tour are being used to help preserve Egypt's treasures, including the construction of a new museum in Cairo where antiquities will be housed.
Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. The boy king died under mysterious circumstances around age 18 or 19, in the ninth year of his reign (1323 B.C.)
The Museum of Art exhibition offered the students glimpses of that evolving period and gave them the opportunity to learn firsthand about this important period in world history.
On display were 50 of Tutankhamun's burial objects, including his royal diadem, the gold crown discovered encircling the head of his mummified body that he likely wore as king--and one of the gold and precious stone inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.
More than 70 additional objects from tombs of 18th Dynasty royals, as well as several non-royal individuals are also exhibited. These stone, faience, and wood pieces from burial sites before Tut's reign gave the visitors a sense of what the lost burials of other royalty and commoners may have been like.
To qualify for the trip, CHS students met the following criteria during the third six weeks: no unexcused tardies or absences; no level 2 or level 3 discipline referrals; passed all classes; and scored 2 or better on the writing sample scored by the University of Texas Scoring Center.
Students who qualified for the trip are Kenitra Ellis, Sydney Harden, Shaley Craycraft, Erica Love, Tabitha Cook, Alex McCoy, Kanisha Ward, Ar'Tavia Davis, Kamliah Robbins, Rachel Shroyer, Cortney Stephens, Sidney Kenley, Alysa Amjad, Jennie Flasowski, Roman Sanchez, Jennifer, Perry, and Jett Drafahl.
Also Yonathan Cruz, Tyler Brown, Maria Arcibar, Margoth Cisneros, Evan Currie, Beatriz Quintero, Cameron Craddeth, Atashia Mask, Anthony Epps, Anthony Stephens, Alfredo Cruz, Nipul Patel, April Mitchell, Oscar Salazar, Kevin Murillo, DeVonte Lane and Jeffrey Jones.
Students ate lunch at the Atrium Cafe at the museum.