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

Howard Carter , Brian Hunt
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Book Description

"Let me try and tell the story of it all. It will not be easy, for the dramatic suddenness of the initial discovery left me in a dazed condition, and the months that have followed have been so crowded with incident that I have hardly had time to think."

Among the hundreds of books written about ancient Egypt and Tutankhamen, you won't find an equal to Howard Carter's powerful book about his discovery. His great work in many ways remained unfinished.

He left us, however, this remarkable document of discovery. The book is Carter's personal story of the greatest adventure of his life--one that has not been surpassed in nearly a century of archaeology.

In 1904, retired American lawyer, Theodore Davis, famously declared that The Valley of the Kings in Thebes had given up all of its secrets, leaving nothing more to be discovered. He relinquished his exclusive rights to dig in The Valley.

But as Howard Carter states in this volume, "The history of The Valley has never lacked the dramatic element." Some 18 years later, Carter made the richest archaeological discovery in history within yards of where Davis had dug.

The world immediately became obsessed with everything Tutankhamen. From architecture, to household goods, to fashion, a early 20th-century surge in fascination with ancient Egypt took hold across the globe.

Howard Carter, too, had been obsessed with finding Tut. The discovery would consume the rest of Carter's life. After becoming known to the world, Howard Carter died in relative obscurity in 1939.

This is not a dry scientific treatment of the excavation or the artifacts. What he imparts with this book is a sense of excitement, wonder, and mystery set expertly into a concise context of history and Egyptology, captivating layperson and specialist alike, young or old.

Intertwining notes on Egyptian gods, religion, mythology, and magic, Carter spins an alluring real-life tale, setting the context for Egyptian history and Tutankamun.

For the first time this amazing work is available for Kindle. With a new Introduction and updated footnotes, you'll have more context to follow this book than Carter's original readers did. Much information that was yet to be understood or discovered in 1922 is included in the Introduction.

Care has been taken to create a well-formatted book for Kindle. It includes images from the original publication. You can even take it with you on your smartphone if you have the Kindle app installed, and then refer to it while visiting the Tutankhamun exhibit in one of the cities it visits in North America.

Remember to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover image in the upper left of this page. Buy this book today and you'll read it again and again.


Product Details

  • File Size: 4518 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Big Byte Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QM8M6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Discovery in History 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A historical treasure. May 30, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 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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The discovery and excavation of the Tomb of Tutankhamun is thought by some to be the most important event in Archeology in the past century. It was a sort of watershed moment in history, Egyptology and science. The mind and energy behind the endeavor, Howard Carter, was one of those rare people who wrote as he spoke, and who spoke entertainingly and elegantly. He was an artist, a scientist, a gifted writer and a man who might be called amazingly lucky except for the fact that he was a hard worker and a thinker. Luck had little to do with his discoveries.

Carter wrote a narrative of his work on the Tomb of Tutankhamun in three volumes, written sequentially, the first part being finished before the excavation and cataloging of the tomb were well underway. It makes fascinating reading, and Carter's voice is the sort you want to listen to, the kind you can trust to entertain and educate you without making you feel like a school child. His work is excellent.

This book (the one I am reviewing right now) is as close as you can come to a facsimile of Carter's first publication on the subject in eBook format. His style is preserved ('Tut.Ankh.Amen' was his way of spelling the name in his writings. This is preserved. The formatting of the text, the layout of the pages, the photographs are well done. The attempt to provide a facsimile or recreation of the original book is successful. While I have been known to skip introductions, I suggest the reader look over Brian Hunt's introduction to this book. It is interesting, informative, and gives a good background to this edition.

Any researcher knows the value of sourcebooks. I tend to collect them and refer to them again and again. I do a goodly amount of researching for my writing and just in general.
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