by The Griffith Institute (Author), Richard Bruce Parkinson (Editor)
Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Publication date: June 9, 2022
Print length: 144 pages
Tutankhamun provides an intimate insight into one of the world’s most famous archaeological discoveries.
The tomb of the young king Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922, shortly after Egypt achieved independence. It was the first known intact royal burial from ancient Egypt, and the excavation of the tomb by Howard Carter and his team, funded by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, drew a lot of attention from the media.
Harry Burton famously photographed the excavation, and these photographs, along with letters, plans, drawings, and diaries, are part of an archive created by the excavators and presented to the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, after Carter’s death.
These historic images and records present a vivid first-hand account of the discovery, including the extraordinary variety of the king’s burial goods and the remarkable work that went into documenting and conserving them.
The archive provides a nuanced and inclusive view of the complexities of both the ancient burial and the excavation, including Egyptian members of the archaeological team who were often overlooked.
Tutankhamun includes fifty key items chosen by Griffith Institute staff to provide an accessible and authoritative overview of the archive, drawing on new research on the collection and giving unprecedented insight into the records of one of the world’s most famous archaeological discoveries.