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National King Tut Day-November 4th By: Rachel Linden King Tut day celebrates the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb by archeologist Howard Carter, which occurred on November 4, 1922. Over 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamen (also known as “King Tut,” or “The Child King”) became king of Egypt at the age of 9 or 8. He died at the age of 19. He was born on 1343 B.C. in Amarna and ruled for nine years from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C. It is believed that he was 5’8’’ tall and that he lived in Northeastern Africa. The Egyptians believed that makeup had healing powers, and it likely protected the face from the sun in the region. King Tut’s tomb was discovered nearly intact in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. He was believed to be really rich, as he was found wearing a pharaoh’s golden mask, which was placed over this head while being mummified; it weighed 30 pounds. He was also found with 3500 articles, which took 10 years to catalog. Some of the artifacts found in the tomb included the bodies of two stillborn baby girls (mummified and placed in small coffins), 130 walking sticks, King Tut’s sandals, and a mysterious necklace. The necklace contained an amulet which initially confused archeologists, as it was made of glass from the Great Sand Sea in Egypt, and contained a depiction of the sun traveling in the sky. At the time, archeologists wondered if Egyptians were familiar with glass, or its origins. The sandals featured drawings on the soles, images of King Tut trampling over his enemies. Egyptians used hieroglyphics as a written language, invented toothpaste, mummified the dead, mummified bodies of their cats, which were considered sacred animals that had to accompany their owners on the journey to the afterlife, and placed the pharaoh's servants and toilets into tombs with the deceased in case the mighty ruler needed them in the next life. Egyptians believed the constellation Orion to be the soul of Osiris, the god of afterlife, and that the god continues to watch over King Tut. From murder to sickle cell anemia- there are a lot of guesses as to the reason of King Tut’s death. Some even believe that he was murdered by his own court members. Although it will likely never be known for sure who killed King Tut, he will remain one of the well-recognized Pharaohs ever unearthed. His burial mask is on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, in the only air-conditioned room in the building. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate King Tut Day- consider spending the day with your nose buried in some Egyptian history books- learn about King Tut and the culture of Ancient Egypt. Farm to School Update In January of 2015, Litchfield Public Schools in cooperation with the Trotter Greenhouse began participating in the Farm to School lunch program and a portion of the produce served in the school lunch program comes from the Trotter Greenhouse. The school would like to expand the program to include locally raised beef as well. Serving locally-raised food benefits the students in learning about how and where their food comes from and directly relates to high school Agricultural Education programs. Other programs have found that through the Farm to School program they have seen increased student participation in the hot lunch program and the students have wasted less food due to the higher quality. The locally raised food also has a higher nutritional value than much of the food purchased elsewhere. There is also a potential economic benefit to the school through reduced cost food. The community in return benefits with more money staying in the community rather than buying the food through suppliers in other cities. We are seeking community involvement to include beef into our Farm to School lunch program. Producers can sign a commitment letter to donate a quality animal. For your donation you will receive a receipt that may provide a tax incentive. Monetary donations would also be accepted to help cover processing and transportation costs. If you would like to be a part of this program in any way please contact the school at 308-446-2244. 4