Tutankhamun: The Untold Story

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - History - 384 pages
The discovery of Tutankhamun's treasure-filled tomb is one of the greatest events in modern archeology. It is also a story so filled with intrigues, accusations, international imbroglios, and lasting scandals that it forever altered the way archaeological expeditions were organized and conducted. Hoving's Tutankhamun focuses on Howard Carter, the archaeologist who persisted for six years in his search in the Valley of the Kings for Tutankhamun's tomb. Other major figures in the discovery include: Carter's patron Lord Carnarvon, who died shortly after entering the tomb, thus kindling rumors of a curse; Carter's rival Pierre Lacau, a French Jesuit who headed the Antiquities Service in Cairo and did everything he could to ruin Carter and deny his claim; the Egyptian authorities determined to keep the artifacts of their national heritage in their country; and Arthur Weigall and other Egyptologists who felt slighted by Carter's refusal to admit experts anywhere near his discovery.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Dramatis Personae
17
The Stage The Valley of the Kings
30
Forty Kings and the Thieves from Kurna
40
First Clues of Tutankhamun
47
The First Years of Search
55
Deep Doubts
63
The Tomb of the Golden Bird
75
The Queens Visit
201
Closing Down the Tomb
213
Sudden Tragedy
219
The Curse
226
The Season Ends
231
Collision Course
236
The Bastion of Bureaucracy
253
Dismantling the Shrines
263

Wonderful Things
83
The Long Night
90
Revelations
104
The Limelight
108
Discovery Colossal and Need Every Assistance
114
The Affair of the Three Princesses
127
The Metropolitan Museum Makes a Coup
138
Tutankhamun Ltd
146
A Renegade Speaks Out
158
Strong Bull Beautiful of Birth
166
Carnarvon Returns to the Tomb
176
The Sealed Doorway
191
The Public Domain
270
Strike
283
Bandits
297
A Malignant Influence
307
Much Kalaam
318
Carter in America
326
Surrender
338
The Secret Division
349
Sources
370
Index
377
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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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