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King Tut: Tomb of Treasure.

The world's fascination with ancient Egypt seemingly is never-ending, which could explain unearthing this 20-year-old documentary showing the treasures of the boy king's burial chamber. Originally filmed to celebrate the golden anniversary of archaeologist Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb in 1922, it gives a rapid-fire summary of Egyptian history and the pyramids of the Valley of the Kings; pops in a few photos of Carter and his team at work on the site; then, finally, gets to showing the priceless artifacts in the ancient shrine, the Cairo Museum, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Though Tutankhamen assumed the throne at the age of nine and died at 18, he managed to accumulate great wealth in his short reign. This is evidenced by the gold and precious gems adorning the four chambers of the burial site, one inside the other like Chinese boxes; the golden walls of the tomb; and the three coffins, culminating in the sarcophagus made of solid gold, one-eighth of an inch thick. The highlight, well remembered by those who viewed it during the triumphal museum tour that brought the Tut relics to the U.S., is the magnificent golden mask, placed like a helmet over the mummy's head and shoulders. Despite the quicky production, the views of the tomb's treasure make it all worthwhile.
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Author:Rothenberg, Robert S.
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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