- Series: Egypt
- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged Reprint edition (June 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486235009
- ISBN-13: 978-0486235004
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen (Egypt) Paperback – June 1, 1977
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One can get a feel from the book, about what it must have been like to gaze into the confines of a space made by other human beings many centuries ago. To see objects and to wonder about the skill and patience of the people who had made them, sometimes with the most rudimentary equipment and yet we are unable to replicate them in this modern scientific world.
Everything that was in the tomb was there for a purpose, either to assist Tutanhamun to get to the next world, or to be of use to him when he arrived there. It is impossible to envisage what it must have been like to discover the tomb. In fact it was only Carter's determination, some would say bloody mindedness that uncovered a tomb that many eminent Egyptologist's of his day said did not exist. His backer Lord Caernarvon had been ready to give up the franchise months before, but agreed to give Howard Carter one last try.
There have been several documentaries in recent years that seem to go out of there way to discredit Howard Carter. Some allege that he had entered the tomb a long time before the official opening and had removed some of the wonderful objects for himself. It seems to me to be too easy to make accusations against someone who can no longer defend himself. Carter was a well respected Egyptologist and why he should do anything to jeopardise his reputation is beyond my belief.
This book is a must for the avid enthusiast of all things Egyptian. Even for those with only a passing interest in the Egyptian Pharaoh's and Tutankhamun in particular, the book is still worth a place on the bookshelf.
Carter also makes it extremely easy to understand what he is describing by referencing specific plate numbers. This is useful when the reader is not familiar with the name of an item because it never existed in modern times.
For a person who enjoys reading stories of true events, Mr. Carter has given us a gem of a book. My only wish is that Mr. Carter had available to him at the time the technology of color film. His descriptions of what he sees and the stiking colors he witnessed in the tomb leave one yearning for color prints.
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I have the original hard copy volumes written by Howard Carter. I don't like to handle them too much as they are out of print now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda DeRose-Droubay
MOST INTERESTING OF ALL THE BOOKS WRITTEN ,,WILL GET THE NEXT ONEPublished 5 months ago by xina stone
Love this book! The first hand account of this is amazing. The photos are breathtaking.Published 8 months ago by ez22908
I really enjoyed this book. This is the 1977 republication of Howard Carter's original 1923 publication on his discovery and opening of King Tutenkahem's tomb in Egypt' valley of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael E. Farrell
Well told account of the opening, gave me a new perspective of the work involved, great read for anyone with an interest in ancient EgyptPublished 17 months ago by KwgandBmc
Very technical, but also very interesting. Story of how Howard Carter found the tomb & what he saw in it.Published 18 months ago by Sonja Cat
I chose this book as I was interested in Tutankhamen's life and the burial sites. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in some history of Egypt.Published on August 13, 2013 by Dolores G.Moran