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The Tomb of Tutankhamun

By Howard Carter

The 1922 discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and the fifth Earl of Carnarvon is among the greatest archaeological finds.

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, 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.

To its discoverers, the tomb yielded a treasure of unimaginable significance and the story of this great discovery, first published in instalments between 1923 and 1933, is here told by Howard Carter himself. It offers a unique and fascinating insight into a landmark discovery, and should not be missed by any reader interested in Egyptology, archaeology or the history and legends surrounding King Tutankhamun.

Praise for The Tomb of Tutankhamun:

’ Not only was Carter a very good archaeologist but he turned out to be a very good writer too. He reviews the history of Egyptology, the people, times, locations, then his own history getting into archaeology. He details his thoughts about why they started to think Tut might be buried, near the centre of the valley, the evidence, and the search. I loved that he wrote with emotion, a real plus. I could read his frustration, anticipation, exhilaration, awe, feeling overwhelmed, et al, with every page. The suspense is felt when he takes us into every room and examines every object’ – Amazon review

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