Howard Carter: The Path to Tutankhamun

Howard Carter: The Path to Tutankhamun

Paperback Tauris Parke Paperbacks

By (author) T. G. H. James

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  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 524 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 38mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860646158
  • ISBN 13: 9781860646157
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 36 b&w illustrations

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Howard Carter's career was a remarkable one: he had arrived in Egypt 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 of Tutankhamun 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 honoured 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 biography is both the story of a renowned archaeologist and of an essentially tragic human being.

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"A serious vintage, served by the most knowledgeable of wine-waiters." -- "Times Literary Supplement"

Table of contents

Early years; Egypt - the beginnings; consolidation and diversification; chief inspector; the Saqqara affair; crisis and resolution; five years' explorations at Thebes; royal tombs and the Great War; the Valley of the Kings and discovery; the antechamber; the burial chamber and death; the spirit of mischief; America and improving prospects; the royal body, with reverence; a long and steady plod; non-fulfilment and decline; appendices.