Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA

Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA

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By (author) Zahi A. Hawass

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 284mm x 20mm | 1,300g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 977416637X
  • ISBN 13: 9789774166372
  • Illustrations note: 160 Colour
  • Sales rank: 772,242

Product description

Penned by a scholar who was personally involved in research into the enigmatic young pharaoh, this comprehensive and fully illustrated new study reviews the current state of our knowledge about the life, death, and burial of Tutankhamun in light of the latest investigations and newest technology. Zahi Hawass places the king in the broader context of Egyptian history, unraveling the intricate and much debated relationship between various members of the royal family, and the circumstances surrounding the turbulent Amarna period. He also succinctly explains the religious background and complex beliefs in the afterlife that defined and informed many features of Tutankhamun's tomb. The history of the exploration of the Valley of the Kings is discussed, as well as the background and mutual relationships of the main protagonists. The tomb and the most important finds are described and illustrated, and the modern X-raying and CT-scanning of the king's mummy are presented in detail. The description of the latest DNA examination of the mummies of Tutankhamun and members of his family is one of the most absorbing parts of the book and demonstrates that scientific methods may produce results that cannot be paralleled by traditional Egyptology.

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Zahi Hawass is one of the world's best known Egyptologists, and a former Egyptian minister of state for antiquities. He is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including several on Tutankhamun.

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"This is a work by a man who passionately loves Egypt's past and is not afraid of controversy. There is nothing like reading a book that contains first-hand recollections and impressions, bringing to life an exacting academic topic. Dr Hawass does this in masterly fashion." - from the Foreword by Jaromir Malek