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Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by [Hoving, Thomas]
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Length: 408 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In this book, which may mark a new literary genre, art adventure, Mr. Hoving makes some startling disclosures that tarnish the image not only of the tomb's heroes [Carter and Carnarvon]… but of his very own museum. The book reads like a thriller, exuding like incense the heady atmosphere of the Valley of the Kings and thick with art, historical, and psychological insight. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Thomas Hoving's Tutankhamun: The Untold Story is another excellent account of the excavation. (David Mattin Times London)

About the Author

Thomas Hoving is the author of Making the Mummies Dance and Art for Dummies. He is the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2946 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Press (April 2, 2002)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W5YHS0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I came across this book in a used book store a decided to read it. I had some interest in the story behind the discovery of King Tut and this book was full of information. It traces the beginnings of Howard Carter's search, the discovery,and the events that followed. I had no idea of the problems that Carter was faced with after the discovery. Perhaps there is some truth to the legend of "Tut's Curse" after all. I suggest that the book be read if you have any interest at all in the history surrounding one of the biggest archeological finds ever.
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Format: Hardcover
The tomb was discovered in 1922 in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Tutankhamun was a shadowy pharoah, a boy-king. He died around 1350 B.C. The discoverers were Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. They became celebrities. It was a phenomenal discovery. They had been very persistent. The treasures found have fascinated the public.

Starting in 1975 the author, Thomas Hoving, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, immersed himself in the story of the Tutankhamun's tomb's discovery. Hoving became suspicious of Carter's account of the noble discovery. Thutmose I had the brilliant idea to set his burial place in the Valley of the Kings since other tombs, pyramids, had been plundered. The pattern was set and it became the burial place for five hundred years.

Carter kept careful track of archeological discoveries. Jacob Rogers, heading a locomotive factory in Paterson, New Jersey, funded archeology projects for the Metropolitan Museum because he made a donation for acquisitions. Herbert Winlock, a friend of Carter, worked for the Museum. Carter was precise, calculating, gifted. He examined circumstantial evidence of an undiscovered tomb. Mountains of rubbish encumbered the search. Carter wanted to go right down to bedrock in a triangular plot of land containing the tombs of Ramesses II, Merenptah, and Ramasses VI. Carter devised a grid system. By 1921 Lord Carnarvon was beginning to lose interest. Most people believed the valley was exhausted as a place to make finds.

In the sixth season, 1922, supposedly Lord Carnarvon's last, the step to the walkway of a tomb was found. At the end of twelve steps there were hieroglyphs and seals. Carter telegraphed Lord Carnarvon of the finding. An antechamber glimpsed 11/26/22 contained magnificent objects.
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Format: Paperback
This remains one of the best adventure stories written in the last twenty five years. Hoving skillfully recounts Carter and Carnarvon's epic quest for Tutankhamun in a vivid tale of mystery, suspense, discovery, and treasure. True history can indeed be better than fiction.
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Make no mistake, Thomas Hoving is an accomplished and skillful writer. This detailed account of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb almost reads like a thriller. Hoving accurately portrays the characters involved, (principally Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon), the political and climatic conditions in the remote valley where the discovery was made, and paces the story so well, I almost felt I was living in Egypt and working alongside Carter at the time the tomb was discovered.

Not surprisingly, of particular interest was the chapters describing Carter's discovery of the tomb itself. Mindful of Lord Carnarvon's patronage, Howard Carter writes to his benefactor in Britain, and waits patiently for him to arrive from overseas to be the first to enter the newly discovered tomb. Hoving manages to portray the very Britishness of this honorable sense of duty, and one almost feels Carter's growing impatience as he waits several weeks for the arrival of his financier from overseas.

Hoving continues with the politics that eventually sullied the agreements between governments that should have ensured an equitable distribution of the findings.

Hoving concludes by putting Carter's discovery in perspective, and describes thge sad state of some treasures that languished in a progressively deteriorating condition in un-air-conditioned spaces in Egypt. Some historical photographs embellish this fine story. A must-read for anyone interested in this fascinating discovery.
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Be prepared to find yourself staying up all night to finish this revealing story. You will be shocked. Trust me. There is a basis in fact that Tutankhamun's tomb was entered illegally by Howard Carter and his benefactor Lord Carnovan the night prior to the official opening the next day. It is so sad to find our heroes were, after all, tomb robbers, like those in the pharaoh's time. The difference is those tomb raiders were caught and executed. Howard Carter and his compatriots were not caught in their lifetime. What is maddening is to realize the truth remains buried by all media. The history books lie. There is more evidence than the allegations in this amazing book. Years ago a documentary about the opening of the tomb was created. What was shocking was the on-camera appearance of Lord Carnovan's direct decendent. The present Lord, at least when the film was made. He stood at the foot of a staircase in the huge mansion and pointed to the top of the wooden cap of the end of the staircase and said, years after Lord Carnovan died in 1922 from blood poisioning the secret compartment vwas discovered. Carnovan's death was due to the bite on his cheek by a sand flea,vand subsequent scratching of the bite by Lord Carnovan.

A secret box within the staircase revealed the personal golden ring of Tottenham and his other treasures stolen by Lord Carnovan the night prior to the official opening of Tutankhamun's tomb. The thing us, none of the history books have been updated to reveal that fact. As a boy, I was thrilled when Howard Carter powers into the small opening into the tomb, and Lord Carnovan asks, ""What do you see?" He knew exactly what Carter saw. Damnation! I feel my boyhood was betrayed by the secret entry and their actions to cover it up.
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