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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, 382 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1971)
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Lucy
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.
Janith Pathirage
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
Rob Roy
Very well written
J. Travis Moger
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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Nettle
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!
Lisa
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
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.
Sarahandus
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
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
Fascinating. Loved this. The pictures are amazing too.
Daniel G.
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.
Jeffrey
Deatailed book about the discovery of the tomb. A good read.
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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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