A Real-life Indiana Jones Came Into World Via Everett, Washington.
If you have had the chance to check out the incredible King Tut Exhibit that came to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle a couple of years ago, you might think about this fact. Wile you were gazing at the antiquities of 3,000 years ago, you might be pleased to know that Everett has some ties with the Great Pharaohs of Egypt and the famous Valley of the Kings — at least in an indirect way.
The story is indeed an amazing one and it should give Everett residents an element of pride to know that one of its native sons has earned the reputation as the greatest Egyptologists since Howard Carter. As you may remember, Carter unearthed the golden treasured tomb of Tutankhamen back in 1922, and there has not been a discovery of that significance until an American discovered another incredible tomb. That new discovery was accomplished by none other than Everett-born Egyptologist Dr. Kent Weeks.
Dr. Weeks was born in Everett on December 16, 1941. Weeks says he loved the pyramids, tombs and sphinx of Egypt since he was a small child. He always knew he would dedicate his life to the study of the ancient land along the Nile. His father was a police officer and planted the seeds for investigating things.
Weeks received his Masters Degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington in Seattle. He later earned a doctorate in Egyptology from Yale University. He was later the Assistant Curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, then a professor at Berkeley in California, and eventually he ended up as a Professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Weeks spearheaded an aggressive mapping project of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings; and he employed a hot air ballon and to get a birds-eye view of the ground he was mapping. Called the Theban Mapping Project, this ambitious surveying task involved locating with instrumental precision the location of all the tombs and monuments in the area (including the Valley of the Kings). Not only that, he surveyed the insides of the tombs as well. In doing so, Dr. Weeks had gathered massive amounts of coordinate geometry for all of the great burial places of the royal families of Ancient Egypt. He eventually applied that data to 3 dimensional imaging and was able to then surmise where undiscovered tombs might rest. He systematically investigated inch by inch and foot by foot following whatever clues he came upon.
His years of hard work paid off and Kent Weeks did indeed accomplish a mind-boggling discovery that had the antiquities realm excited with great joy and wonderment. Professor Weeks found the tomb (referred to as K5) of the 52 sons of Ramses II. This monumental ruler is the great pharaoh mentioned in the Old Testament who did battle with Moses.
Ramses had all of his male offspring placed in one gigantic multi-corridored mausoleum that contains several hundred rooms and chambers. Even the remains of the son who the Bible states died of the backfired curse of of his own father Ramses is found in the tomb. Not since the great discovery of King Tut by Howard Carter had any egyptologist found anything of such incredible significance. And to date, the tomb is just in its beginnings of being excavated and explored.
As a result of his great discovery, Kent Weeks will go down as one of the truly great Egyptologists of all time. Professor Weeks is a real life Indiana Jones and of course he extends far beyond that type of myth. Weeks will take his place in history with Howard Carter as a man who has greatly enriched the world’s understanding of ancient Egypt. And yes, he is indeed a native of Everett, Washington.
To learn more about this incredible Washitonian, you might want to check out a few of his interviews. He truly gives some incredible insight into how he has achieved his great discoveries. Kent Weeks Interviews
Photo of Golden Mask above by EverettSource.com