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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
They may be the stuff of countless Hollywood horrors, but Swaffham is embracing the ancient Egyptian mummy as it celebrates the town’s connection to the most celebrated archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
A trail of a dozen mummys is on display around shops, cafes and hotels in the town centre to mark the 90th anniversary of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Carter spent much of his childhood in the town and uncovered the tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings on November 4 1922, and the trail is being held as part of this month’s Swaffham Visual Arts Festival until November 2.
The celebration will culminate in an Evening with Howard Carter at Swaffham Assembly Rooms where enthusiasts will be able to find out more about one of the town’s most famous sons at a 1920s-themed drinks reception.
The reception will take place at 7pm on Saturday November 3, with proceeds going to Swaffham Museum.