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The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Volume I--The Discovery (Ancient Egypt Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 4515 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Big Byte Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QM8M6W
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Osborne on February 20, 2013
I saw the travelling King Tut exhibit in Seattle not too long ago and it rekindled my interest in the fascinating figure.

Everyone "knows" the story of King Tut's discovery but no one has ever told it like Howard Carter. He spent years searching for the tomb. Most archeologists didn't care about this shadowy, insignificant pharaoh but Carter was convinced Tut's tomb still existed somewhere in the Valley of the Kings. This was based on pretty scant evidence that Carter details in the book, but guess what? He was right.

What makes Carter's account so good is he brings a kind of sensitivity and emotion to the telling while still offering an historical and archeological context that helped me better understand the period. He was an artist before he was an archeologist so he clearly has great appreciation for the objects found in the tomb.

Of course, the discovery changed Carter's life forever. He was besieged by journalists, officials, and tourists all wanting to tour the tomb. He spent ten years clearing and conserving the objects.

The first thing you'll notice about this book is that it's been very well edited and formatted (unlike most public domain books for Kindle). I've actually downloaded Kindle books of the rare and out-of-print type that are incomplete! Most of them are full of errors and typos, undoubtedly due to the vagaries of OCR and because the publishers are just trying to make a buck without any work. Not so with this one. It's a pleasure to read.

If there is one thing I wish the modern author would have done it's to have used good digital copies of the Harry Burton photos. The ones used in this book are good enough for an e-book but the originals are absolute works of art.
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Howard Carter's three volume book detailing his work in the the tomb of the Egyptian King Tutankhamen is a classic work.This edition is an e-book of the first volume targeted for the Kindle.

I read the book on an iPad 2 using the Kindle app. The formatting of the text is clean and looks quite nice on the iPad. There were no difficulties scrolling from page to page and the photos in the book are sharp and clear. Not all of the pictures in the original book are in this edition, but this is not a major issue as all of the photos taken by Harry Burton are available online, including photos that Carter did not originally include in this volume.

One thing I like about this edition is that it has links to websites that can be accessed for additional information. This is a good use of modern technology to enhance a classic work.

If you have never read Carter's wonderful account of his work in Tutankhamen's tomb, or if you would like to re-read this fascinating story, this edition is well put together and is inexpensive to own. Enjoy!
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I became interested in finding this book after attending a few classes on Archaeology and the Bible. Several references were made to the antiquities found in King Tut's tomb , the symbolism used in ancient Egypt, and the meticulous care given to those finds by Howard Carter and his team. I was delighted to find this as an e-book. Carter's attention to detail is amazing. This book becomes tedious to me as it describes item after item but I was interested in the care given to identify, catalogue, photograph, and support each item to prevent its' disintegration. The first few chapters of the book were particularly interesting as the initial search for the tomb over many years, is described. Carter was as much a treasure as the antiquities he searched for.
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By M. Nolen on May 4, 2014
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Anyone interested in King Tut should read this first hand account. Makes you wish you were there with them during the discovery.
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