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We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on our trip to Idaho Falls.

Beautiful views from all around.

Now we know why Idaho Falls is called Idaho Falls. It’s because of the FALLS!

Idaho Falls was the first city in the country to have a nuclear power plant. The state is basically located on volcanic rock.

We took a motorcycle ride up to Mesa Falls. The Lower Mesa Falls is the second largest undisturbed waterfall on the Columbia River system.

The Upper Mesa Falls is not far way from the Lower Falls.

Two kinds of rock can be seen. Tuff and basalt, both formed during volcanic eruptions. The water flow comes from Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, where the primary source is big springs, one of the largest freshwater springs in North America. Approximately 120,000,000 gallons of water at 52 degrees flow from the spring daily. Because of the flow, it remains icefree.

While back in downtown Idaho Falls, a King Tut exhibit was at the museum, so we popped on over there. What a truly fascinating story. Undisturbed for over 3,000 years until Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. Although Carter discovered the tomb, he never lived to see the the actual mummy. Many unfortunate things happened to the people involved in the uncovering of the tomb, which is where the curse of King Tut’s tomb comes from.

The exhibit contains spectacular reproductions of the most dazzling artifacts from the 4 chambers of King Tut’s tomb. The 9 year old, YES I SAID 9 YEAR OLD, ascended the throne around 1333 B.C. and reigned until his death about 9 years later.

Graverobbers attempted twice to plunder thru the treasuries, but both times the tomb was quickly resealed and remained until 1922. Although most of the items are replicas, the person who put this display together saw the original items that were found in 1922. Actually we found out that most items were replicas back in these days as an original would be made for a king and when there was another king, they just duplicated items for the new king. BUT these replicas are made exactly as the original items, in size, shape and material.

Below, left is a photo of the “dig” and below right is an illustration of the rooms of the tomb.

We understand the body of King Tut had to be cut into 13 pieces to get it out. We still don’t quite understand who not just in half. Below is a photo of the “mummy” being exhumed.

The shrine pictured below was found on the east wall of the Treasury, facing the doorway. This golden shrine housed an alabaster canopic chest containing the embalmed viscera of the young pharaoh. Viscera is the body’s “inners” or “guts.”

These 4 miniature anthropoid coffins below are made of gold inlaid feather patterns. They held the mummified internal organs of the pharaoh. The caskets were housed in the alabaster chest.

This small chair was found in the Antechamber and suggests that it was made for King Tut as a child.

Also found in the Antechamber was this marvelous golden throne, majestically flanked by 2 leonine heads with armrests of winged serpents wearing the double crown.

Before it lies his ceremonial footrest of inlaid wood, decorated with representations of the chieftains of conquered enemy lands who are “under his feet.” The armrests bear his name in its earlier form, Tutankhaton, suggesting that it may have been his coronation throne.

Among the pharaoh’s awesome ceremonial regalia was this precious insignia of his supreme authority, the Aba. It is a wooden core overlaid with beaten sheet gold and decorated with inlay of precious stones.

The chariot was constructed of bent wood and leather, overlaid with gold foil. 3 of these magnificent ceremonial chariots (used for state parades and royal processions) were found tangled together in the Antechamber along with the first of his 3 undecorated hunting chariots. All were dismantled and their axles sawn in half to accommodate the narrow corridor leading into the tomb.

From the Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 B.C.) funerary mummiform figurines were commonly buried in tombs to serve as substitutes for the deceased in the next world. Egyptian civilization also included royal servants and herds in their burial. 413 were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Above are photos are just a few things found in the tomb. There was sooooo much. The Egyptians believed that they needed to be buried with all things they would need in their afterlife.

King Tut’s replicated mummy was the scariest thing I ever saw. His fingers and toes were capped with gold sheaths decorated with sculpted nails, symbolizing his resurrection as a god with skin of solid gold

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The lifeline of King Tut is rather colorful, especially with their thinking of preserving the royal blood by marrying within. King Tut, married his half sister, who already had a baby by her father. After King Tut mysteriously died of probably a hit on the head, his wife was forced to marry his grandfather so that the grandfather could become the next king. WHICH begs the question, did the grandfather have King Tut killed????????

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Posted August 1, 2012 by carolnbill in motorcycle, RV, Travel

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