The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Volume 1 Search, Discovery and Clearance of the Antechamber

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-12-18
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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The discovery of the resting place of the great Egyptian King Tutankhamun [Tut.ankh.Amen] in November 1922 by Howard Carter and the fifth Earl of Carnarvon was the greatest archaeological find the world had ever seen. Despite its plundering by thieves in antiquity, the burial of the king lay intact with its nest of coffins and funerary shrines, surrounded by a mass of burial equipment arranged in three peripheral chambers.

Published in 1923, this is the first volume of Carter's trilogy, describing the years of frustration in search of the burial site, the triumph of its eventual discovery and the long, painstaking process of exploring and cataloguing its treasures. Containing over 100 images from the site itself, this volume also includes Carter's short article, 'The Tomb of the Bird,' which inadvertently spawned the legend of the great curse of Tutankhamun's tomb.

Author Biography

Howard Carter (1874-1939) was an artist and archaeologist best known for his role in the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Table of Contents

The Tomb of the Bird
List of Plates
Introduction: Biographical Sketch of the Late Lord Carnarvon by Lady Burghclere
1. The King and the Queen
2. The Valley and the Tomb
3. The Valley in Modern Times
4. Our Prefatory Work at Thebes
5. The Finding of the Tomb
6. A Preliminary Investigation
7. A Survey of the Antechamber
8. Clearing the Antechamber
9. Visitors and the Press
10. Work in the Laboratory
11. The Opening of the Sealed Door

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