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Wonderful things

The latest in our series on the great discovery in the Valley of the Kings.  Earlier instalments here and here.   As typed painstakingly by The Boy himself, italicised text as dictated verbatim to Dad.

Pharaoh Tut Ankh Amun was known as Tut by the Egyptians.  He was brave. He had a funny foot.

“Shhhhhhhhhh! can you keep a secret?”

When he died the Egyptians put him in his tomb with all his treasures.

  • X6 chariots
  • Food
  • A gold throne
  • Jewels
  • Trumpets
  • Swords
  • Bow and arrows
  • Gold animals
  • A gold bed
  • A gold boat
  • All his inside bits and bobs in jars.

Tut was a mummy by now.  He wor a deth mask! And he held a whip and a special pharaoh stick.  He was in a gold coffin that was in a stone sarcouhagus.

Mr Howed Carter was looking for the tomb for years and years and years.  His boss was Lourd Canarvon and he died after a very bad shaving acsdeint.

Lord Carnarvon and Mr Carter found a step first.  Then two.  Then three.  Then it became an entrance.  The rope and the wax seal was closed up. They knocked a hole in the wall.  Mr Carter said he could see “wonderful things.”  Then in the film he smooched with a lady but that did not happen in real life.  Then they packed up all of the stuff in the massive tomb.

On the walls were pictures called heirocliphs which told the story of his life. He died when he was 19 years old.   It took years and years for  Mr Carter to find the tomb in the desert which was once an ocean.  Tut was special because the robbers had not nicked all of the stuff in his tomb like the other tombs in the Valley of the Kings.  All of his stuff is now in the museum in Cairo which is in Egypt.  But Tut is still in his tomb resting.

I watched a film of the big dig of Tutankhamun.   First, Howard Carter was left in the tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and he left in a tomb in the wet and cold and he was sketching some hieroglyphs. Then the rain stopped and he left.  Then the horse tripped over a rock but it was actually a step. The man in the film was mysterious about Tut’s death, then he met up with a person with a screen that could see what is under the skin and the bandages of Tutankhamun. The person had an x ray of his head and he saw two bone fragments and he thought Tut was murdered by a blow to the back of the head but it turned out it wasn’t. He had a broken knee and a wonky foot disease so no wonder he was ill. Then they found out that the mummies were all family and the mam and dad were actually brother and sister and the pharaohs used to do that a lot in those days.

Personal views of a wordsmithing, sartorialist, horn-playing, state school Oxonian dad, rugby ref, recovering politico, and fan of vintage tailoring, Ralph Lauren style, and sharp writing.

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