The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen (Egypt)

by Howard Carter

Paperback, 1977



Local notes

932 Car



Dover Publications (1977), Edition: Unabridged Reprint, 382 pages


The leader of the excavation offers a firsthand description of the remarkable events surrounding the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt's Valley of Kings and of the unique and priceless treasures that were found there. Reprint.


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Physical description

382 p.; 8.4 inches


0486235009 / 9780486235004





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LibraryThing member adpaton
When I did honours in Classics I was forced to take a module on Ancient Egypt because the Head of the Department was potty about the subject: my motherwas also an enthusiast so I had been brought up learning about tombs, temples and treasures, Pharoahs and pyramids, and had no wish to study it on a more formal basis.

Needless to say, my wished counted for nothing and I was plinged into an intense six months during which I had a crash course in Egyptology and had to examine Egyptian art in excrusiating detail. No knowledge is ever wasted and I'm glad I was forced to do it, but I must admit to finding much of it rather boring at the time.

Because his tomb was largely unplundered, Tutankhamen and his treasures form a large part of any study of Egyptian artifacts: pectorals, collars, bracelets, earrings, girdles, necklaces, anklets; chairs, chariots, beds, stools, screens, board games; vases, statues, canoptic jars, lamps, caskets, Gods, statues, toys, models and shawabti figurines - I grew to know the lot.

I also knew the story behind the discovery of the tomb backwards - who doesn't? - and was really not keen to read Carter's book on the subject. I must admitt though, cliched as this sounds - it reads like a thriller, was a real page turner, and I could hardly put it down.

I wish my copy was better bound - the pages were coming out - and that it was lighter and more handy so I could read it in bed: on the other hand, a smaller book - while more handy - would not be able to contain the plethora of magnificent illustration, both colour and black and white.

Howard Carter may have been a rogue, an adventurer and a thief but he certainly knew how to tell a good story! Despite my misgivings and reluctance, I ended up enjoying this book thoroughly!
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LibraryThing member kaulsu
Howard Carter was a man who found his bliss serendipitously. He did not come from the landed gentry class, he was not a "public school boy," yet he was in the right place at the right time to fall in with a wealthy peer of the British realm. Through this relationship, Carter was able to educate himself in an art and science that truly was fledgling.

The world at large berated him and the newspapers excoriated him for not opening up the tomb for immediate inspection. His painstaking work was carried out in spite of, not in collaboration with those who should have known better.

And, surprisingly, he wasn't a bad writer. He kept my attention, for the most part, though I found myself sometimes much in sympathy with the hordes who wanted in NOW!

I wonder how his preservation/conservation techniques compare with 21st c. ones? I know that color photography would have been a boon for this book...oh well, nothing for it: I must make the trip to Cairo to see King Tut for myself!
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LibraryThing member Garrison0550
This is a great book. I'm glad I took a chance on it!




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