Sunday, July 27, 2008

Visiting Mummies and Tumbling Pyramids

On one of our summer trips to the Witte Museum, we focused on Ancient Egypt. We had studied Ancient Egypt for 3 weeks in the autumn of 2006 and now we could finally see some of the things we had studied.
Before the practice of formal mummification as we know it, people were buried curled up in the ground. Because of the hot dry conditions of Egypt, the bodies were rather well preserved...
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That led to the process of mummification, which refined the art. Mummification cannot be called a true science, because they did not know WHY it worked. They did not apply the scientific process. However they did know WHAT worked. This is the mummy of a lady. Nearby are computers which detail today's scientific process that explains WHY this works and HOW modern investigations are done to determine WHO that mummy is. Did you know that the book of Genesis in the Bible records that Joseph and his father, Jacob, were mummified? After Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery, he was taken into Egypt where he was falsely accused of a crime, but later freed and became pharoah's right hand man, or vizier. Joseph saved Egypt from the devastating 7 year famine. Unwrapping the Pharoahs, written by a Christian archaeologist, showed lovely pictures of some places today that seem to be named after Joseph. We used this book as our key Egyptian resource in our rhetoric studies. It's about lining up the old timeline to one that matches with a Creationist viewpoint. It's still theory but is much more logical than other recommended sources.

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Nearby is a fun activity. In our history and fine arts books we kept seeing this picture. As I recall it is from the walls of a pyramid. The key to unlocking the doors of history is understanding worldview. Beautiful works of art were mostly displayed in the pyramids with the dead, to aid in the afterlife. That's why a wealth of treasures would be discovered in pyramids, because they were essential to their viewpoint of the afterlife. That is also why so many pyramids were destroyed, due to grave robbers who knew they could put that wealth to their current dishonest advantage. That is why the discovery of King Tut was huge. Although he wasn't one of the most significant pharoahs but that his tomb was found intact with great wealth. You know we keep missing that exhibit as it has toured the world.
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Imagine you are in the depths of one of those dark mysterious pyramids...think Indiana Jones. Oh no! The wall has tumbled down? Can you put it back together?
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Hurry! Before anger strikes!
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There is a button that you push after the wall is completed, that has inner groanings and roarings, like in the Indiana Jones movies....
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The wall shakes and rumbles...
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Every visit we made to the museum, the kids wanted to go build the wall of impending doom.

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