A collaborative effort of Youth Journalism International students from New York, Connecticut and Egypt teamed up to bring readers a glimpse into the ancient world of King Tut -- and into the minds of present day Egyptians, many of whom aren't even familiar with the Boy King. You can see the beginnings of their three pieces below, with links to the full articles. Thanks to the Discovery Center at Times Square for the stunning photos.
King Tut wows visitors in golden New York show
By Mary Majerus-Collins, Luke Pearson and Kiernan Majerus-Collins
NEW YORK CITY -- King Tut, the boy king who became the face of ancient Egypt, could easily have become a mere footprint in time rather than one of the most famous names in history.
Though considered a God, he died at age 19 with no great accomplishments to his name from his decade on the throne.
The reason Tutankhamun is so famous now is the 1923 discovery of his tomb by archeologists – the only tomb from ancient Egypt that had not already been stripped clean by grave-robbers.
The riches of that tomb quickly made the name King Tut extremely well-known, but how many people have actually seen the famous artifacts?
At the Discovery Center at Times Square New York City through January 17, there is an exhibit of a small portion of the items found in King Tut’s tomb. There are 50 objects from the tomb and about 80 more from his royal ancestors. For the full story, click on this link.
Across the ages, King Tut still stuns
By Alma Macbride
Junior Reporter, Youth Journalism International
NEW YORK CITY – Walking into a dim room with a few TV screens, I felt my fingers tingle with anticipation.
A voice soon spoke and a video began. The images on the screen showed antiquated artifacts that still shimmered as if they were made yesterday.
This brief video set a precedent for the King Tut exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition.
Everything, from the colossal statues to the tiny carvings of hieroglyphics, symbolized a vast empire that one couldn’t possibly fathom.
However, the exhibit made it possible for people to view 130 objects from the reign of various pharaohs firsthand, making the concept of life in ancient Egypt more personal than anything nearly anyone had ever experienced. To read the rest, click on this link.
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King Tut doesn't rule over today's Egyptians
By Jessica Elsayed
Reporter, Youth Journalism International
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – It is quite the surprise for people living outside Egypt to find that Egyptians have no interest in their ancient history.
Even I found myself Googling King Tut before writing this article just to make sure I knew who he was.
An Egyptian’s ancient culture is merely a fact to him, something that seems to be told to him by parents and teachers as if to instill some sense of pride. Governmental education thrives on Egypt’s history sometimes. Even the way it is taught in schools is designed to convince students that their accomplishments are their own.
This, I believe, reflects Egypt’s current state of backwardness and compensation for current achievements by mentioning past ones.
Hearing how enthusiastic people in the United States are about the King Tut exhibit in New York City really made me think about what makes Egypt’s past so unimportant to its own people. To read the rest, click on this link.