Learn About King Tut (Pt. 30): Questioning King Tut: Thinking like an Archaeologist (Varsity Tutors VIDEO)

November 18, Discovery Center of Idaho presented Part 1 of our partner course with Varsity Tutors!  A few months ago Discovery Center of Idaho was approached by Varsity Tutors to work together on a virtual project to share our King Tut: Treasures from the Tomb exhibition with a National Audience! On Wednesday night, November 18 […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 29: The Curse of the Tomb (video by Jan Summers Duffy)

Was the curse of the Tomb real!? Where did the curse idea come from? Enjoy some insight from our local, Egyptologist and Archaeologist, Jan Summers Duffy! Each week we will post a piece of the King Tut Exhibition Resource Guide along with an Ask The Expert option to share questions about the section with our […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 28: (VIDEO) Unpacking the Resource Guide

Since April, we’ve been creating weekly blogs for our community to break apart piece, by piece, the learning entry points to our Educator Resource Guide for the King Tut: Treasures from the Tomb exhibition on display now at the Discovery Center of Idaho. We hope you’ve enjoyed these pieces! We’ve definitely enjoyed writing and putting […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 27: Jewelry! (Video by Jan Summers Duffy)

Last week we learned about the intricate method of cloisonné in jewelry making. Today, enjoy this short, informative video by our local Egyptologist, Jan Summers Duffy to learn more about the beautiful pieces of jewelry found in King Tut’s tomb.  Jewelry was plentiful in the tomb in chests, hidden in wrappings and on the mummy […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 26: Cloisonne?!

While walking through the King Tut: Treasure of the Tomb exhibition at the Discovery Center of Idaho, you may have run into this word a lot: Cloisonné. What the heck is cloisonné? It’s definitely not a word that we use in everyday vocabulary, (unless you're a jeweler.)  Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating objects including […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 25: Tut’s Gold Death Mask, video by Jan Summers Duffy

Last week we learned about the beautiful blue, Lapis Lazuli that is found in the death mask of King Tut. Today, enjoy this short, informative video by our local Egyptologist, Jan Summers Duffy to learn more about this, “mesmerizing, stunning and an exquisite work of art.” Key Facts about the Death Mask  (Artifact #256A (Carter […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 24: Materials of the Tomb (Pt. 5 of 5) - Lapis Lazuli

Do you like blue?! Then, boy, do I have the gemstone for you: Lapis Lazuli! So, quick review;  Why are we focusing so much on the materials found in King Tut’s tomb?  Archaeologists are able to put together pictures of the human past by studying materials left behind by ancient civilizations.  Gold, Ebony, Ivory, Papyrus, […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 23: Headrests

No doubt, if you’ve come through the Discovery Center of Idaho’s exhibition: King Tut: Treasures of the Tomb, you’ve stopped to admire the headrests in gallery 1. It’s hard to believe that this could actually have been used as a pillow! OUCH!   Here’s Jan! Each week we will post a piece of the King […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 22: Materials of the Tomb (Pt. 4) - Alabaster

It’s been a month since we last took a close look at the materials found in King Tut’s tomb!  So, quick review; Why are we focusing so much on the materials found in King Tut’s tomb?  Archaeologists are able to put together pictures of the human past by studying materials left behind by ancient civilizations.  […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 21: King Tut, the Father

WARNING: Images of infant mummies are present in today's content. Most people are unaware  that KV62, Tutankhamun's Tomb, held 3 mummies,  Tut and his two infant daughters. Today,  Boise resident, Archaeologist and Egyptologist, Jan Summers Duffy, explains briefly about these two tiny infants and some of what we’ve been able to learn about them using […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 20: Mummies!

This is our 20th blog on King Tut! Wow! If you’ve been following along with us over the last 20 weeks, you’re probably quite the expert yourself on the content and themes in King Tut: Treasures from the Tomb. We hope you’ve had a chance to come into the galleries to see these wonderful objects […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 19: Smaller Pieces from the Tomb - Sometimes Bigger isn't Better!

It’s super easy to get excited about seeing King Tut’s Sarcophagus or the huge, golden canopic shrine, that sometimes the little pieces get overlooked. Today our local Egyptologist, Jan Summers Duffy, shares her Expert insight into some small, but very important items you can find in the Discovery Center’s exhibition: King Tut: Treasures from the […]

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King Tut Resource: Lecture + Live Q&A from CSUSB

Ancient Egyptians believed that their name, body and memory needed to be preserved to ensure life after death. So that their memory would persevere for the rest of eternity, they were frequently buried in large visible tombs with the often-luxurious objects that they needed in the afterlife. These wealth-filled tombs acted like a beacon of opportunity for […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 18: Ask an Expert! Guardians of the Tomb

When Howard Carter broke through, into the antechamber of King Tut’s tomb, in 1922, he knew he had hit the jackpot. To his right, he saw two, imposing guardians gilded in gold and contrasting black, against a closed wall, indicating something very special on the other side. We now know that behind that wall was […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 17 - Materials of the Tomb (Pt. 3): Papyrus

Why are we focusing so much on the materials found in King Tut’s tomb? Well, the materials are the key to unlocking mysteries and understanding, not just King Tut, but the culture of Ancient Egypt. Archaeologists are able to put together pictures of the human past by studying materials left behind by ancient civilizations. Gold, […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 16: Ask an Expert! Gold Goddesses

Today Jan will be exploring deeply the importance of the 4 goddesses surrounding King Tut's golden canopic shrine in Gallery 2! Ask the Expert video! The Discovery Center’s Education team is proud to be partnering with Boise’s own, Jan Summers Duffy of the OJ Smith Museum of Natural History at the College of Idaho to […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 15: Ancient Egyptian Sacred Burial

This is the part we are all fascinated about when we learn about the Ancient Egyptians! The Sacred Burial. The rituals and mystery behind the mummies and the pyramids and tombs great Archaeologists have found throughout the years.  There are so many beautiful treasures to look at from King Tut’s tomb, that sometimes it’s easy […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 14 - Ask an Expert! Archaeology Nuts & Bolts

In preparation for next week’s Archaeology Camp, today Jan shows her Marshalltown Trowel used in excavations and explains how to dig a site. King Tut is NOW OPEN at the Discovery Center of Idaho! Come see this amazing archaeological find with your own eyes!  Be prepared for your visit and take some time to go […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 13 - Materials of the Tomb (Pt. 2): Ebony & Ivory

More Materials! Last week we explored Gold, one of the most prevalent materials found in King Tut’s tomb.  Before we move forward to this week’s materials, let’s review our definition:  A material is a substance or mixture of substances that constitutes an object. Materials can be pure or impure, living or non-living matter. Materials can […]

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Virtual Dino Camp: Meteor Drop

Virtual Demonstrations! Since there had to be some shifting of our typical summer camps this year, we thought we would share one of our favorites with the community - for the love of STEM! Every Thursday, through the month of June, we will be sharing various YouTube lessons from our very own dino camp. I […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 12 - Ask an Expert! Mummies!

Today Jan takes us through the Mummification process of Ancient Egypt.  This is definitely one of the most interesting topics in Egyptology! Mummies have been a part of our cultural psyche for ages, mainly due to early Hollywood horror films, and those that followed, inspired by mummy discoveries such as King Tut! While we all […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 11 - Materials of the Tomb Part 1: Gold

Materials! Materials are everything. We use all sorts of materials all day, every day. Here’s a great definition that we can explore:  A material is a substance or mixture of substances that constitutes an object. Materials can be pure or impure, living or non-living matter. Materials can be classified based on their physical and chemical […]

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Virtual Dino Camp: All About Tinker!

Virtual Demonstrations! Since there had to be some shifting of our typical summer camps this year, we thought we would share one of our favorites with the community - for the love of STEM! Every Thursday, through the month of June, we will be sharing various YouTube lessons from our very own dino camp. I […]

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STEM Kits! Kit #2: Chemistry Camp Kit

We hope you were able to check out last week’s Dino Kit unpacking! Thank you to everyone who reached out to us; we’ve sold all of our stock!  This week we’re sharing our Chemistry Camp Kits! As with each of our kits, we have included materials/ingredients for 5 fun-filled STEM activities for you to do […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 10 - Ask an Expert! Jan shows off her Falcon Mummy.

Today Jan gets to show off her Falcon Mummy and curator gloves!   We can see falcons soaring over our heads everyday, here in the Treasure Valley. Would you ever think of making one into a mummy?! Horus, the ancient Egyptian god of the sky, was depicted as a man with the head of a falcon. […]

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Virtual Dino Camp: Natural Selection

Thursday Demonstrations! Since there had to be some shifting of our typical summer camps this year, we thought we would share one of our favorites with the community - for the love of STEM! Every Thursday, through the month of June, we will be sharing various YouTube lessons from our very own dino camp. I […]

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STEM Kit #1: Dino Kit Prototype

Hi Everyone! We’re super excited to share our new take-home STEM kits with you. This summer the Education Department has had to re-think our summer camp program and our overall visitor engagement process with closings and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In response, we put on our thinking caps and came up with a […]

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Learn About King Tut Pt. 9: Symbols from the Tomb (Part 2 or 2)

Each week we will post a piece of the King Tut Exhibition Resource Guide along with an Ask The Expert option to share questions about the section with our Education Staff and our local Egyptologist, Jan Summer Duffy. Share your questions about today’s section here:  In Part 1, (posted on May 22) we explored the […]

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Virtual Dino Camp: Mesozoic Scale

Welcome to Thursday demonstrations! Since there had to be some shifting of our typical summer camps this year, we thought we would share one of our favorites with the community - for the love of STEM! Every Thursday, through the month of June, we will be sharing various YouTube lessons from our very own dino […]

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Learn About King Tut Pt. 8 - Ask an Expert! Jan Summers Duffy gives us more insight into the Daily Lives of Ancient Egyptians!

Today Jan provides more of her expert insight into ancient life along the Nile River. Considering that King Tutankamun lived over 5,000 years ago in a country over 5,000 miles away from us, Ancient Egyptian life wasn’t all that different from life here in the Treasure Valley. How do our river systems affect our way […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 7: Symbols from the Tomb (Part 1 of 2)

Each week we will post a piece of the Resource Guide along with an Ask The Expert option to share questions about the section with our Education Staff and our local Egyptologist, Jan Summer Duffy. Share your questions about today’s section here! We hope you liked last week’s Ask the Expert video with Boise’s own, […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 6: Ask an Expert! Jan Summers Duffy “digs” Deeper into DNA & Egypt’s 18th Dynasty

Today Jan takes provides more of her expert insight into the DNA of Egypt’s King Tut and the 18th Dynasty or (New Kingdom, which lasted from about 1,550 BCE to 1,295 BCE). What is DNA? Briefly, DNA are the distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something, and are regarded as being unchangeable. This has […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 5: Life of an Ancient Egyptian

Each week we will post a piece of the Resource Guide along with an Ask The Expert option to share questions about the section with our Education Staff and our local Egyptologist, Jan Summer Duffy. Share your questions about today’s section here. We hope you liked last week’s Ask the Expert video with Boise’s own, […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 4: - Ask an Expert! Introduction to Boise’s own Archaeologist & Egyptologist, Jan Summers Duffy (and King Tutankamun)

The Discovery Center’s Education team is proud to be partnering with Boise’s own, Jan Summers Duffy of the OJ Smith Museum of Natural History at the College of Idaho to provide an expert voice in the development of our Teacher Resource materials, content and tour development for the exhibition. We will be posting multiple informational […]

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Learn about King Tut Part 3: 18th Dynasty of Egypt & DNA (continued)

Each week we will post a piece of the Resource Guide along with an Ask The Expert option to share questions about the section with our Education Staff and our local Egyptologist, Jan Summer Duffy. Share your questions about today’s section here:  This week we continue our exploration of the  “18th Dynasty of Egypt & […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 2: 18th Dynasty of Egypt & DNA

Each week we will post a piece of the Resource Guide along with an Ask The Expert option to share questions about the section with our Education Staff and our local Egyptologist, Jan Summer Duffy. Share your questions about today’s section here. This week we begin to explore our “18th Dynasty of Egypt & DNA” […]

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Learn About King Tut Part 1: Asking Questions like an Archaeologist

We’re sharing our King Tut Educator Resource Guide with the public to prepare you for our exciting new exhibition opening at the Discovery Center of Idaho upon our re-opening. This guide was originally intended for our 6th and 7th-grade teacher audience, but is chock-full of fun and interesting facts, activities and YouTube videos that we […]

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Catapult Launchers

Here is a fun classic engineering project for today's #STEMatHome activity! No matter the age, launching into STEM is sure to be a fun time for your entire family with this DCI favorite - happy watching! What You'll Need: Popsicle sticks Rubber bands Launching materials! Steps: Make a stack of popsicle sticks by stacking them […]

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Additional Resources

Our Discovery Center team is eager to share this list of fantastic online resources, virtual tours, and live streaming events from science centers and STEM organizations across the continent for  #STEMatHome !

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