The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 37) – Tutankhamun, Radiation & The Bronze Age

Ankidroid additions related to Science, History and Philosophy. More information about Anki can be found in this article.

Pharoah Tutankhamun (King Tut)

Face of the pharaoh. A gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun, which was found in the room of his tomb known as the treasury. His youthful face is a reminder that Tutankhamun died young, but his reign was of major significance for restoring Egypt’s traditional gods.

Howard Carter above with anonymous worker at the opening of King Tut’s tomb

Tutankhamun (King Tut) was the antepenultimate Pharoah of ancient Egypt. He died in 1323BC aged 19.

His tomb was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of Kings and revealed 5000 artifacts. King Tut’s curse was associated with those people associated with the opening of the tomb who soon fell victim of the curse. The reality is the average duration of life for those who should have suffered from the curse was more than 23 years after the curse was supposed to become effective according to James Randi. he also added the group who guarded his tomb died at an average age of 73 years. It seems the curse of Tut was a beneficial curse.

The head of the team of discovery Howard Carter did try to dissuade the nosey press, intruders and robbers with the threat of a Supernatural event.

What is Radiation?

Radiation is the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving subatomic particles especially high energy particles which cause ionization. The electromagnetic force is a charge which causes chemical reactions. This is what makes chemistry happen. Chemistry is the the study of electron configuration. Light for example is electromagnetic radiation. Ionizing radiation starts knocking electrons out of molecules causing them to break up or stick together and hence break the bonds of DNA.

The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age was a prehistoric age between 3000 and 1200 BC which covered South East Europe, North Africa and West Asia. The age was characterised by use of tin and copper to make bronze and protowriting. It encapsulated the early features of urban civilisation.

Its violent and sudden collapse was caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, invasions by sea peoples, drought and economic collapse due to ironworking.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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