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The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen

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November 4, 1922. For six seasons the legendary Valley of the Kings has yielded no secrets to Howard Carter and his archeological team: "We had almost made up our minds that we were beaten," he writes, "and were preparing to leave The Valley and try our luck elsewhere; and then — hardly had we set hoe to ground in our last despairing effort than we made a discovery that fa ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Dover Publications (first published 1923)
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Lucy
May 16, 2007 Lucy rated it really liked it
No matter how cliche Tut now is, to read of the tomb's discovery is terribly thrilling and envy-inspiring. I would also like to give a shout-out to Arthur Mace, who is not listed as one of the authors in this record, but in fact was quite dependable, meticulous, and in general instrumental in the discovery and documentation of the tomb.
Kevin
Dec 20, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
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A great feeling to read this book about the discovery of King Tut's (Tut.Ankh.Amen)'s tomb. So fascinating and satisfying.
Rob Roy
Aug 12, 2009 Rob Roy rated it really liked it
Very well written
Philomena McGirr
Dec 21, 2015 Philomena McGirr rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating read. Howard Carter has a knack for making you feel like you're there and experiencing the discovery of the tomb for the first time yourself. The sense of awe and excitement at finding a near intact tomb and stepping into it for the first time since the 19th Dynasty is there, and I found this a moving aspect of the book.

Carter doesn't just focus on the discovery, and also has a chapter on the historical context and what was known about Tutankhamun pre-discovery which was i
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Jocelyn
Jun 16, 2015 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
As an ancient Egyptian history fangirl, this book was exactly what I needed. It was surprisingly readable, and I liked Carter's somewhat sarcastic voice (especially when he was describing the reporters that surrounded the tomb). I loved that Carter didn't just focus on the excavation, giving the reader a wide understanding of the Valley of the Kings and the historical context of King Tut. The chapters that focused on the challenges of the excavtion and the treasures they discovered took my breat ...more
Mike Farrell
Apr 14, 2015 Mike Farrell rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. This is the 1977 republication of Howard Carter's original 1923 publication on his discovery and opening of King Tutenkahem's tomb in Egypt's valley of the king's, timed for the 50 year anniversary of Carter's discovery.

My only objection to this book is that in addition to the original prologue and introduction, there is another introduction that updates the story of Tutenkahem after 50 more years of study; so, the 2 introductions and prologue take up 75 pages before
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Daniel Garrison
May 06, 2016 Daniel Garrison rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I'm glad I took a chance on it!
Janith Pathirage
Aug 27, 2014 Janith Pathirage rated it really liked it
This book never put me off the hook. Such a thrilling adventure into the tomb of one of the most popular and mysterious kings ever lived on this planet. And this discovery means so much to all historians around the globe. I could only imagine the wealth hidden in these pyramids during the time they were built. Tragically, almost all of'em were ravaged and destroyed by the treasure seekers but still good to know these boys could find some good stuff unharmed, could be worthless to a bandit but pr ...more
J. Travis Moger
Jul 18, 2010 J. Travis Moger rated it liked it
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The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen***1/2

Howard Carter's first-hand account of his monumental discovery of King Tut's tomb is a quick and fascinating read. Its historical value far outstrips its literary worth. When he first poked his head in the antechamber, Carter was asked "Can you see anything?" to which he replied "Yes, wonderful things." Wonderful things indeed. The book's 105 illustrations (unfortunately in black and white) show the sumptuous splendor of the boy king's tomb. The only
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Jojorace
Jan 03, 2016 Jojorace rated it it was amazing
Having just visited Egypt and seen this tomb and the treasures at the museum, I was interested to read of Carter's personal experiences of the discovery. This book is perfect- it outlines a bit of Tutankhamun's history before describing the discovery and the world's reaction to it. It details the treasures that were found and describes the excavation and preservation of them in detail. Really interesting, easy to read and informative.
Lisa
Jul 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
An intriguing read on the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter himself. Carter touches on a wide range of topics - Tutankhamun's context, the history of the Valley of the Kings, his previous work at the Valley, before focusing on the discovery of the tomb itself, and the methods he used for conservation and preservation. A word to the wise, however: this book finishes just after the burial chamber is opened and a precursory survey of that chamber is made - the burial itself is left i ...more
Emily
Jan 10, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Wow. Howard Carter has always been one of the people I most respect in this world, and I'm so glad that I finally got to read an extended report written by him. The pictures were fantastic, also. I was a bit disappointed however, that the book ended at the discovery of the tomb, and didn't go into detail at all about the findings or the king himself. I mean, it was called the discovery of the tomb of tutankhamen, after all! Alltogether it was pretty good, though.
Lara
Howard Carter's really interesting and well-written first-hand account of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, complete with plenty of photographs of items in situ. This covers the first year of their work at the tomb, and I'm definitely planning on picking up the second and third volumes whenever I manage to track them down. Certainly worth a read if you have any interest in archaeology.
Nettle
May 05, 2015 Nettle rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, egypt
That was really interesting, before I thought the dude was as bad as those who came before him, but apparently not! Carter was apparently really into the whole preservation thing, and we're lucky he was!

This book made me dream about the slow uncovering of artifacts, and only the best of books can do that, just a shame it wasn't written a little later. And why is Volume 2 so expensive!
Sarahandus
Nov 27, 2011 Sarahandus rated it it was amazing
I found the description of procedures for excavation absolutely fascinating. Carter is as good a writer as he was an archaeologist, he puts you right the along side him in the desert and tombs.

Going from his photos to the Cairo museum's online shots of some of the same items after cleaning and re-construction will show more than words what a wonder find this was.
Linda
Mar 09, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing
I give this 5 stars.
The book kept me interested throughout. Howard Carter is a really good writer. Maybe a lot of people are burned out on reading about King Tut. Thank goodness I am not. I think everyone should read this because, like someone else says: It's very interesting reading about the discovery of the Pharaoh Tut-Ankh-Amen's tomb.
I liked it a lot!
Leslie
Sep 20, 2014 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. Loved this. The pictures are amazing too.
Daniel G.
Sep 23, 2012 Daniel G. rated it it was amazing
This was the first of a collection in excess of 80 volumes now on my shelves, more than half of which I have since read. well written. Carter got started in his teens as an artist on the expeditions of others. This tome details the highpoint of his career, and perhaps the highpoint of modern egyptological research.
Emilie
May 21, 2015 Emilie rated it it was ok
Amazing for someone who discovered the tomb after his "employees"
Jeffrey
Mar 15, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Deatailed book about the discovery of the tomb. A good read.
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Loaner from Don, need to read and return
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Howard Carter is best known for his discovery of the tomb of the 14th century BCE Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Carter was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist who devoted his life to archaeology. He first travelled to Egypt in 1891, where he held several archaeological positions, until in 1907 he was privately funded by the English aristocrat Lord Canarvon to carry out work at Canarvon's exc
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