Yesterday, 99 years ago, a Door was opened into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.
as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.”Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamen
On February 16, 1923, Howard Carter opened the inner burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb and discovered the sarcophagus. Ninety-nine years later, this date is still remembered through the myths and curses that swirled around the event.
For most, February 16, 1923 was an ordinary day. Tasks were accomplished, events were held and then forgotten, placed with other ordinary moments of living.
Ordinary moments may be misplaced in our memories, but they are alive in our personal mythologies. They float back into our thoughts when they are most needed.
A letter from a friend, a wave from across the street, a birthday celebration, a silence of grieving.
Opening a door to Ancient Egypt reminds us we are engaged in the greater narrative of humanity.
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