COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition


Sharing My Heart… by Kate
March 11, 2008, 2:44 pm
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Author: Kate

It was wonderful to finally meet Salima, who has been one of our project advisors for the past couple of years. I’ve had phone conferences and email exchanges with her, but those don’t quite capture her energy and humor. She was very patient with us – we were exhausted today.

In my attempt to be efficient, I only scheduled 1 hour for us to film in the Egyptian Museum (a major miscalculation!), so we spent time almost running from room to room and still only saw a small portion of the objects there. There were wonderful papyrus scrolls on display, along with lots of ostraka, which are pieces of pottery, stones, etc. on which the ancient Egyptian wrote notes, receipts, and other information (kind of an early version on Post-Its).

A couple of days ago at the Visitor Center for the Valley of the Kings, we watched footage of Howard Carter and his team taking the objects out of King Tut’s tomb, including the famous “cow bed.” Today, we saw the real thing. A solid gold bed. The beads and jewelry were incredible – intricate collars and necklaces in gold, the deep blue of lapis lazuli, orange carnelian, and other stones. My sister Lisa, who does beadwork, would love these.

We walked through rooms of stone statues 20-30 feet tall, and the sheer number of objects we saw overwhelmed us. It really brought home the concept of how much the ancient Egyptians took with them to the afterlife, and the amazing artistry that went into the creation of all these items.

I’ll miss Egypt. It’s been an amazing experience being here – one I’ll always remember. Brad and I looked back through his photos at the many faces and places we’ve seen. Will I remember it all? Not just the sights and sounds, tombs and pyramids, but the feelings? What it was like to see Sekhmet in the darkness, drink tea with the tomb guards, talk to the archaeologists who I’ve only read about in books, or share my heart with this astounding place.



Goodbye from Egypt! by Carli
March 11, 2008, 1:39 pm
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Author: Carli

Today began with an interview with esteemed animal mummy specialist, Salima Ikram, and ended with a journey through the Cairo Museum, a building of priceless treasures which, like everything else we have seen, is hard to describe with words. Room after room of immeasurable riches were a fingertip away.

I found myself standing face-to-face with the mask of King Tut. We stood in a room of mummies including Tuthmosis and Ramses II. We saw the mummy of an 18-foot alligator. We wandered through corridors of towering statues, sarcophagi, and cases of amulets, jewelry, and art. Our guide said there were over 150,000 pieces on display and hundreds of thousands more in the basement and other storage areas.

We fly home tomorrow, and part of me can’t believe the trip is coming to an end, and another part of me feels like we’ve been here for a month based on the amount of experiences we’ve had, and wonders we’ve seen. I should write a more profound and reflective ending, but I’m so tired that I’m having a hard time keeping from falling asleep on the key board. I’ll save a finale for when my brain waves return. Goodbye from Egypt!