Synopses & Reviews
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 far exceeded our wildest dreams."
Join Howard Carter in his fascinating odyssey toward the most dramatic archeological find of the century — the tomb of Tutankhamen. Written by Carter in 1923, only a year after the discovery, this book captures the overwhelming exhilaration of the find, the painstaking, step-by-step process of excavation, and the wonder of opening a treasure-filled inner chamber whose regal inhabitant had been dead for 3,000 years.
104 on-the-spot photographs chronicle the phases of the discovery and the scrupulous cataloging of the treasures. The opening chapters discuss the life of Tutankhamen and earlier archeological work in the Valley of the Kings. An appendix contains fully captioned photographs of the objects obtained from the tomb. A new preface by Jon Manchip White adds information on Carter's career, recent opinions on Tutankhamen's reign, and the importance of Carter's discovery to Egyptologists.
Millions have seen the stunning artifacts which came from the tomb — they are among the glories of the Cairo Museum, and have made triumphal tours to museums the world over. They are a testament to the enigmatic young king, and to the unwavering tenacity of the man who brought them to light as described in this remarkable narrative.
The events and consequences of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb are traced in the discoverer's words.
This book captures the painstaking, step-by-step process of excavation, and the wonders of the treasure-filled inner chamber. 106 on-the-spot photographs depict the phases of the discovery and the scrupulous cataloging of the treasures.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE LATE LORD CARNARVON. BY LADY BURGHCLERE
1. THE KING AND THE QUEEN
2. THE VALLEY AN THE TOMB
3. THE VALLEY IN MODERN TIMES
4. OUR PREFATORY WORK AT THEBES
5. THE FINDING OF THE TOMB
6. A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION
7. A SURVEY OF THE ANTECHAMBER
8. CLEARING THE ANTECHAMBER
9. VISITORS AND THE PRESS
10. WORK IN THE LABORATORY
11. THE OPENING OF THE SEALED DOOR