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The Tomb of Tutankhamun, Vol. III: Treasury & Annex
     

The Tomb of Tutankhamun, Vol. III: Treasury & Annex

by Howard Carter
 
Your journey through the discovery of Tutankhamun cannot be complete without Volume III.

In this third and final volume of Howard Carter's classic work on his historic discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, he gets down to the details of the objects contained in the Treasury and the Annexe. Neither of these chambers had escaped the attentions of the

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Your journey through the discovery of Tutankhamun cannot be complete without Volume III.

In this third and final volume of Howard Carter's classic work on his historic discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, he gets down to the details of the objects contained in the Treasury and the Annexe. Neither of these chambers had escaped the attentions of the tomb-robbers who had entered the tomb in antiquity. As Carter describes, both rooms had objects that suffered at the hands of the robbers (and probably the officials charged with resealing the tomb).

Nevertheless, with his usual style, Carter treats the objects and the science of the discovery with sensitivity and detail. One is a little tempted to wonder in places (such as the description of desert plants) whether he was trying to fill a contractual length for the book. But even here, Carter shows an extraordinary breadth of knowledge that makes the reading interesting.

A specific example is Carter's very good detective work on determining the likely source of moisture that permeated the tomb infrequently during the more than 3,000 years during which it was sealed. Carter's understanding of the geology of the Valley of the Kings and his very intimate knowledge of the state of the tombs that intersect the same stony hillock as the tomb of Tutankhamun gave him particular advantage in this analysis. Thus he tells a very interesting tale about an otherwise dull subject, i.e. rainfall and ground seepage.

Howard Carter's book is as relevant today as when it was first published. His long and remarkable career in Egypt added much to our understanding of Egyptian history and burial culture.

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Product Details

BN ID:
2940015740790
Publisher:
BIG BYTE BOOKS
Publication date:
11/19/2012
Series:
The Tomb of Tut.Ankh.Amen , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
830,309
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Howard Carter (9 May 1874 - 2 March 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist known for his remarkable discovery of the tomb of 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun.

A talented artist, Carter first went to Egypt in his late teens in 1891. He learned the techniques of modern excavation from the master: Sir William Flinders Petrie, at Amarna in Middle Egypt and other sites.

Carter worked with Edouard Naville at Deir el Bahari, rendering beautiful copies of the reliefs and paintings on the temple of Hatshepsut. From 1899 to 1905, he was an inspector with the Egyptian Antiquities Service, until he resigned after an altercation with French tourists at Saqqara near Cairo.

Carter had also supervised excavations in Thebes (modern Luxor). He was recommended to Lord Carnarvon, a fellow Englishman, as an expert excavator to assist in Carnarvon's digs in Egypt.

After several relatively unproductive seasons, the concession to dig in the Valley of the Kings was taken over from Theodore Davis by Carnarvon. Carter already had evidence that he believed pointed to the fact that an obscure king named Tutankhamun might still be buried in the Valley.

After an interruption by WWI, Carter and Carnarvon resumed excavations in the Valley. On the eve of suspending their work there, Carter made the richest discovery in archaeological history.

Carter's wonderful series of books on the discovery, "The Tomb of Tut.ankh.Amen" Vols I-III, take you right into the excitement, wonder, and difficulty of dealing with a find that exceeded anyone's expectations.

After becoming known to the world, Carter died in relative obscurity in 1939. His name will be forever linked to that of Tutankhamun.

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