Howard Carter: The Path to Tutankhamun

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 513 pages
In November 1922, a momentous discovery - unlike any other before or since - was to change our understanding of the ancient world. Until now, however, the marvelous story of Carter's quest for Tutankhamun and its culmination in his unearthing of the intact, treasure-filled tomb has been told without a reliable account of the man behind the discovery and the myths that have surrounded it. Howard Carter's career was a remarkable one: he had arrived in Egypt 30 years earlier as a 17-year old ""tracer"" with rudimentary education, and progressed to become the first Chief Inspector of Antiquities in Upper Egypt. An improbable but auspicious partnership with the 5th Earl of Carnarvon developed in which the young Carter acted as assistant and ""learned man"" to the aristocrat's excavations in the Theban necropolis. But it was the legendary discovery in the Valley of the Kings and Carter's painstaking clearance of the intact royal burial that was to secure his place in history. He became an international celebrity, simultaneously honored and vilified wherever he went, but he was also a sad, disillusioned man whose success never brought any reward of happiness. T.G.H. James' definitive biography is both the story of perhaps the most renowned archaeologist of all time and of an essentially tragic human being.
 

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Contents

Early years
1
the beginnings
22
Consolidation and diversification
45
Chief Inspector
76
The Saqqara affair
112
Crisis and resolution
140
Five yearsexplorations at Thebes
163
Royal tombs and the Great War
192
America and improving prospects
354
The royal body with reverence
385
A long and steady plod
412
Nonfulfilment and decline
439
Letter from M Jouveau to M Maspero
473
The Earl of Carnarvons permit to excavate
475
The Earl of Carnarvons account of the opening
478
The Times agreement
480

The Valley of the Kings and discovery
220
The Antechamber
253
The Burial Chamber and death
285
The spirit of mischief
316
Addenda
486
Sources and Bibliography
488
Index
495
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About the author (2006)

T.G.H. James was a former Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. He has published extensively on Egyptological subjects, including Tutankhamun (Tauris Parke Paperbacks).

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