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Discovering Tutankhamun:  Paul Collins and Liam Mcnamara

Discovering Tutankhamun:  Paul Collins and Liam Mcnamara


Publisher:Ashmolean Museum

ISBN: 9781854442871

Pages: 96

Illustrations: color 30, black and white 55


*Who gains immortality while still an adolescent?

The immortal here was no ordinary man. He is Tutankhamun who, although historically a king of minor importance, he became Egypt’s most famous pharaoh. His probable age:at death — 18; his reign — circa 1336 - 1327 B.C..

When Howard Carter discovered the entrance stairway and opened the tomb he was asked by his patron, Lord Carnarvon, "Can you see the glint of gold?" -- to which Carter replied, "Yes, wonderful things." Everywhere was the glint of gold. Most tombs in the Valley of Kings had been totally ransacked through the millennia; the boy king's tomb had been twice robbed, re-sealed, then forgotten. Many of the treasures Carter uncovered during 10 years of work have been painstakingly recreated in contemporary color photographs from those taken at the time by Harry Burton, the only photographer allowed inside.

A highly readable and unique presentation of this ever-popular subject, it is for adults and youngsters. There are Carter's own drawings and photograph’s of Douglass Derry making the initial incision into the mummy’s wrappings, architectural renderings, letters and articles on the Tut mania which swept the nation and the world. Most spectacular are the color shots of the treasures. Carter's work is place in historical context, and the authors explore how modern Egyptologists are reinterpreting the evidence .

The complete original excavation records were deposited in the archives of the Griffith Institute, the University of Oxford. (The Ashmolean is the museum for the University.) Established in 1939 as the center for Egyptology and Ancient near Eastern, it houses over 130 manuscripts groups for Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies -- scholarly papers, 19th century photographs, paintings and drawings.


Chronology of Ancient Egypt

The Griffith Institute

Tutankhamun before 1922

The Search for Tutankhamun

The Discovering of Tutankhamun


Re-evaluating Tutankhamun

The Griffith Institute and the future of Tutankhamun

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