Field Museum Uncovers 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs"

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CHICAGO -- When young King Tutankhamun's (a.k.a. King Tut) riches toured the world in 1977, the term "blockbuster exhibition" was created. Now, the Field Museum is offering visitors a new exhibition: "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs."

Through Jan. 1, 2007, visitors can see more than 130 ancient artifacts of gold and silver, jewels and semiprecious stones, alabaster and gilded wood excavated from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Visitors can also learn about life and death in ancient Egypt, and the intimate relationship between the two, and also can discover what the latest technologies are revealing about how the boy king may have died.

"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" reveals ancient Egypt as a land of artistic and spiritual richness as well as material wealth. "Like the earlier exhibition, this one is filled with beautiful objects," says James Phillps, acting curator of the near East and North Africa at The Field Museum. …