Tutankhamun: The Untold Story

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"The uncovering of the tomb of the mysterious boy king of Egypt, Tutankhamun, on November 26, 1922, was one of the most important and fruitful discoveries in modern archaeology. The find revealed four burial chambers so filled with priceless objects of gold, alabaster, lapis lazuli, and onyx that it took years to remove the nearly 5,000 dazzling works of art from the underground tomb." "While Thomas Hoving details this amazing feat, he also explores the bitter power struggles, intrigues, behind-the-scenes maneuvers, deception, theft, and myriad
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"The uncovering of the tomb of the mysterious boy king of Egypt, Tutankhamun, on November 26, 1922, was one of the most important and fruitful discoveries in modern archaeology. The find revealed four burial chambers so filled with priceless objects of gold, alabaster, lapis lazuli, and onyx that it took years to remove the nearly 5,000 dazzling works of art from the underground tomb." "While Thomas Hoving details this amazing feat, he also explores the bitter power struggles, intrigues, behind-the-scenes maneuvers, deception, theft, and myriad scandals involving the tomb's discoverer, English adventurer and archaeologist Howard Carter (1873-1939); his benefactors, Lord George Carnarvon and his daughter, Lady Evelyn Herbert; and various competitors and opponents." "The discovery helped to inspire a Renaissance in all things Egyptian, from the burial of King Tutankhamun in 1350 BCE to its permeation of twentieth-century popular culture (remember Steve Martin as Tut on Saturday Night Live?)." Hoving utilizes the vast, previously untapped archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and explicates the thrills, mysteries, deaths, and controversies surrounging the discovery of King Tut's burial site. He explores its cultural and historical impact - going a long way toward comprehending the appeal of Egypt's most famous pharaoh.
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Christian Science Monitor
In this book, which may mark a new literary genre, art adventure, Mr. Hoving makes some startling disclosures that tarnish the image not only of the tomb's heroes [Carter and Carnarvon]… but of his very own museum. The book reads like a thriller, exuding like incense the heady atmosphere of the Valley of the Kings and thick with art, historical, and psychological insight.
Times London
Thomas Hoving's Tutankhamun: The Untold Story is another excellent account of the excavation.
— David Mattin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671243050
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/1978
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

Thomas Hoving is the author of Making the Mummies Dance and Art for Dummies. He is the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and lives in New York City.

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