Tomb of Tutankhamen

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  • Copyright: 2003-04-01
  • Publisher: National Geographic
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Introduction by Anthony Brandt." Feverishly we cleared away...the passage before the doorway, until we had only the clean sealed doorway before us.... We made a tiny breach in the top left hand corner to see what was beyond.There was naturally short suspense for those present who could not see, when Lord Carnarvon said to me Can you see anything, ' I replied to him Yes, it is wonderful' .... Our sensations and astonishment are difficult to describe as the better light revealed to us the marvellous collection of treasures: two strange ebony-black effigies of a King, gold sandalled, bearing staff and mace, loomed out from the cloak of darkness; gilded couches in strange forms, lion-headed, Hathor-headed, and beast infernal...strange black shrines with a gilded monster snake appearing from within...a golden inlaid throne.... Our sensations were bewildering and full of strange emotion. Was it a tomb or merely a cache? A sealed doorway between the two sentinel statues proved there was more beyond and with the numerous cartouches bearing the name of Tutankhamen...there was little doubt that there behind was the grave of that Pharaoh." Howard Carter did not live long enough to write further about his finds, and "The Tomb of Tutankhamen stands as his only record of the extraordinary discovery. Abridged from the original three volumes, this "National Geographic Adventure Classics edition features 25 black-and-white photos taken at the time of the excavation, as well as a map of the Valley of the Kings and the tomb. This classic adventure tells the story of a journey that may never be repeated--a trip back through 3,000 years to discover the life--anddeath--of a pharaoh.

Table of Contents

The King and the Queenp. 1
The Valley and the Tombp. 7
The Valley in Modern Timesp. 16
Our Prefatory Work at Thebesp. 25
The Finding of the Tombp. 32
A Preliminary Investigationp. 39
A Survey of the Antechamberp. 49
Clearing the Antechamberp. 57
Visitors and the Pressp. 70
Work in the Laboratoryp. 77
The Opening of the Sealed Doorp. 94
Tut-ankh-Amenp. 103
The Tomb and Burial Chamberp. 112
Clearing and Burial Chamber and Opening the Sarcophagusp. 125
The State Chariotsp. 136
The Opening of the Three Coffinsp. 144
Points of Interest in Egyptian Burial Customsp. 164
The Examination of the Royal Mummyp. 174
The Room Beyond the Burial Chamber - (A Treasury)p. 199
The Funerary Equipment Found in the Room Beyond the Burial Chamberp. 206
The Annexe (A Store-Room)p. 242
The Objects Found in the Annexe (A Store-Room)p. 251
The Main Cause of Deterioriation and Chemical Changes Among the Objects of the Tombp. 278
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