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King Tut chariot to be exhibited in New York

A hunting chariot from the tomb of King Tutankhamun is to travel to New York City, the first time that a chariot from the tomb of the Pharaoh will be allowed out of Egypt, the country’s Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced

“The High Council of Culture decided to sent the chariot to be part of the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition,” Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said on his blog.

“The chariot will arrive in New York City on Wednesday and will be accompanied by a conservator and the Director of the Luxor Musuem, where the chariot is currently displayed.”

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This hunting chariot of King Tutankhamun will travel to New York City to be part of the exhibit: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (Photo: Egyptian Museum)

Once in a lifetime

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of New York to see something of such great significance from the boy king’s life,” Hawass said. “This particular chariot is very unique and stands out among the other five chariots found among Tutankamun’s burial equipment.

“Howard Carter found the chariot in the south-east corner of the Antechamber along with three other chariots. It is completely lacking in decoration and has a very light, open sided construction. The tires are also extremely worn, suggesting that this chariot was used frequently in hunting expeditions by the young king. Carter described the chariot as, ‘of more open, lighter construction probably for hunting or exercising purposes,’” Hawass added.

Zahi hawass is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is a touring exhibit sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

“The young king may have fallen from this very chariot”

–Zahi Hawass

During recent CT scans and DNA tests, Hawass and his medical team discovered that King Tutankhamun had an accident a few hours before he died, which caused a fracture in the king’s left leg, Hawass’ blog noted. “This makes the inclusion of Tutankhamun’s chariot to the New York exhibit even more interesting as the young king may have fallen from this very chariot,” Hawass added, “As we discover more about Tutankhamun’s death, we may find that this very chariot is an important piece of the puzzle that we’ve been working for decades to solve.”

Posted by David Braun

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