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Photographing Tutankhamun: Archaeology, Ancient Egypt, and the Archive

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They are among the most famous and compelling photographs ever made in archaeology: Howard Carter kneeling before the burial shrines of Tutankhamun; life-size statues of the boy king on guard beside a doorway, tantalizingly sealed, in his tomb; or a solid gold coffin still draped with flowers cut more than 3,300 years ago. Yet until now, no study has explored the ways in w ...more
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Published December 29th 2018 by Routledge
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This book is about photographing the contents and excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb. Specifically it is about the photography of Harry Burton and the history of the Griffith Institute archives of photos in Oxford. The book is quite academic. The author has tried to use reasonably plain English but quite a few obscure words creep in which might make this hard reading for some people.

In some areas this book throws a new light on the excavations. It addresses the colonial politics of 1920s Egypt an
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Christina Riggs has brought an incisive take on ancient Egypt to the reading and museum-going public for nearly twenty years. Backed by award-winning research, her most recent work has focused on the history of the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1920s Egypt and its impact ever since – the subject of her current writing project for Atlantic Books. She has also appeared in and consulted on seve ...more

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