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Egyptians at the Fitzwilliam Museum


What a great start to the term! Yesterday, we visited The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge as our spark for our new topic about the Ancient Egyptians, 'Tomb Raiders!'


We were amazed by some of the artefacts on display in the exhibition. We started off by meeting our museum teacher, Jackie, by the sarcophagus lid of Ramesses III. This gigantic and impressive lid is made of red granite and we were stunned to discover that it weighs 7 tons! We had to search carefully for clues that would reveal more about this pharoah. For example, we found out that his beard was fake and that he would have been very rich... we knew this because some of his tomb was missing, telling us that robbers had broken in to it to steal his jewels and gold!


ramesses III


We then had the opportunity to explore the rest of the exhibit when we were tasked with trying to find objects we thought we'd need in the afterlife. We found so many incredible artefacts, such as mummified animals, models, jewellery, reed pens and gifts for the gods. The most jaw-dropping artefact was Nespawershefyt's coffin!


coffin


You can see more photographs of our day in the 'Gallery' section of our school website.


We would like to say a huge thank you to Jackie and The Fitzwilliam Museum for a wonderful day.


To find out more about the Egyptians collection on the museum website: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/collections/egypt/collectionhistory


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/01/2018

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