Tutankhamun, a king of minor importance who reigned fewer than 10 years (circa 1336 - 1327 B.C.) and probably died at 18, is , after death, Eygypt's most famous pharaoh. 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 milennia; 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.
This is a book to treasure, enhanced by an imaginative layout and Carter's fine drawings, with Burton's photography (ie., Douglass Derry making the initial incision into the wrappings of the mummy), 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 today.
A highly readable and unique presentation of an ever-popular subject, this is one of those books to be enjoyed by youngsters as well as adults.
The complete original excavation records were deposited in the archives of the Griffith Institute, the University of Oxford. Established in 1939 as the center for Eygyptology and Ancient near Eastern, it houses ove 130 manuscripts groups for Egyptology and Ancien Near Eastern Studies - scholarly papers, 19th century photoraphs, paintings and drawings. the publication draws on the Ashmolean's collection and the archives.
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