Jamie Theakston and Marcelle Duprey attempt to solve the mystery of why scarab beetles were buried with mummies. In 1922, the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by the archaeologist Howard Carter. It had been undisturbed for over 3,000 years and contained very important evidence about how pharaohs lived and died. Never before had the tomb of a pharaoh and all his treasures been discovered. A visit today to the tomb in the Valley of the Kings provides evidence and clues of the life in the times of the Ancient Egyptians. The colourful wall paintings depict some of the gods. The beetle or scarab represents the Egyptian god Khepri.
This clip could be a starting point for investigation into the different Egyptian gods and their meanings. Pupils could draw the gods. As a writing activity, pupils could write a diary entry as if they were Howard Carter finding the tomb. How would he feel? Pupils could sequence the events leading to the discovery of the tomb by Carter. Pupils could go on to find out for themselves why a beetle was buried with a mummy by investigating burial rituals.