Adventures in Egypt: The Boy King Tutankhamun
The travellers were told how most of the famous tombs had been discovered, except for one: the tomb of King Tutankhamun. He became king at the age of 9 and ruled for 10 years. No one really knew where he was buried but they suspected it was close by.
“Was he a great king?” asked Mira.
“We can’t really be sure because the kings who came after him removed most traces of him from history. What we do know is that he re-introduced the worship of the god, Amun. He also built a lot of buildings” said Mr. Carter.
As they sat down to some sweet Egyptian tea with dates and a cucumber-yoghurt dip called Salatit Zabadi, Mr. Carter mentioned that there was one small piece in the puzzle that he could not figure out. He had been chasing this mystery for many years. He showed them a map of the archeological site and how the findings so far seemed to have formed a kind of pattern, but he couldn’t figure out what it was.They sat down to some sweet Egyptian tea and a cucumber-yoghurt dip called Salatit Zabadi. Mr. Carter mentioned that there was one small piece in the puzzle that he could not figure out. He had been chasing an answer to this mystery for many years. He showed them a map of the archeological site and how the findings so far seemed to have formed a kind of pattern, but he couldn’t figure out what it was.
The travelers looked at the map. Mira looked at it very intently, she then turned it upside down and was studying it. She asked Hari for the painting they received from the wise Aboriginal man they met in Australia. Together, the three travellers looked at it. Mr. Carter came over and saw the painting and simply said “That’s interesting art work. You don’t get that style in Egypt. It’s mainly just scenes of pharaohs on papyrus here”.
Suddenly, Mira’s face lit up! She had found what Mr. Carter had spent 15 years looking for! They all understood now what the painting from the old aboriginal Ngangkari represented! It was the constellation of Orion which was rumored to be the pattern on which the Pyramids were located. Very carefully they checked each of the points on the map to the locations on the painting. Every single point matched, except for one!
Could that be where the tomb of King Tut was?
Mr. Carter could not believe what he was hearing. He wasn’t sure what to make of it, but after 15 years he was willing to try anything. He rounded up his team and they all rushed to the site.
All that anyone could see was a lot of dust and sand everywhere. It really didn’t look like anything was there.
They were disappointed and about to head back when suddenly, Rayees, the same guy who had kidnapped them earlier, shouted “Look there, Sir!” He rushed to a spot and began digging furiously, they discovered a step. A step? In the middle of the desert? Where could it lead?
The excitement was building! All the workers, the travellers and Mr. Carter started digging through the sand with hands and shovels. They found a second step, then a third and then more. This was a path to something! There was a lot of digging going on, during which time no one spoke. No one wanted to jinx it. Finally, the spade hit something solid. After clearing out the debris in front of this solid structure, they realized it was a door!
Had they found the tomb of King Tutankhamun?