On Friday, November 11, 2022, the exhibition The Charm of Discovery: From Hieroglyphs to Tutankhamun will open to the visitors of the Charles University’s Karolinum. The exhibition, which was prepared by the Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University, commemorates two significant anniversaries that Egyptology is celebrating in 2022. In 1822, Jean François Champollion came up with a way to read ancient hieroglyphs and thus effectively founded the modern discipline of Egyptology. One hundred years later, in November 1922, after years of tireless work, luck smiled on Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of the then almost unknown king Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. Today, his name is known to people all over the world, like the many wonderful treasures that were stored in his tomb.
The exhibition will guide visitors through the paths taken by these two personalities in their desire to make a fundamental discovery for world scholarship, and at the same time bring the discoveries themselves closer. Everyone will thus be able to get to know how the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic writing system works, what other types of writing the Egyptians used, or how their language and its grammatical structure changed with time. The second part of the exhibition literally draws visitors into Tutankhamun’s tomb and presents not only the story of its discovery, but also the many years of continuous work that followed, or new scientific findings related to this ruler.
The exhibition will be open daily from 11/11/2022 to 31/12/2022, except for 24/12/2022 and 25/12/2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Entry is free.