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Tutankhamun excavation archive goes online

By T.K. Randall
August 14, 2010 · Comment icon 49 comments



Image Credit: Jon Bodsworth
A huge archive of material relating to the discovery of King Tutankhamun has been put online for the first time.
Documents, photographs and notes recorded by Howard Carter in 1922 when he discovered the tomb were donated to Oxford University's Frank Griffith and later became the Griffith Institute.
The huge archive of material relating to the discovery of King Tutankhamun has been put online for the first time. The comprehensive notes and photos recording the find by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, were donated to Oxford University’s first Professor of Egyptology, Frank Griffith, by the Carter family.


Source: Oxford Mail | Comments (49)


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Comment icon #40 Posted by susieice 12 years ago
There's a book you can get at the gift shop but you can probably still do better getting one online. I didn't see an actual exhibit book but one thing I didn't know was that although there is no photography allowed there are about 5 pieces they will allow you to take a picture of with a cellphone. They're marked and I was so upset because I didn't take mine with me. I left it never thinking it would be allowed. Now I could kick myself.
Comment icon #41 Posted by kmt_sesh 12 years ago
There's a book you can get at the gift shop but you can probably still do better getting one online. I didn't see an actual exhibit book but one thing I didn't know was that although there is no photography allowed there are about 5 pieces they will allow you to take a picture of with a cellphone. They're marked and I was so upset because I didn't take mine with me. I left it never thinking it would be allowed. Now I could kick myself. Is this the book, susieice? Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt I've had it on my Amazon wish list for a while now. (Hint hint...when is someone g... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by susieice 12 years ago
I hope you get a chance to see this exhibit. It is well worth the effort. You are far more knowledgeable than me. You are capable of making more meaning than I can. It's beautiful. I hope it sheds light on the times of Cleopatra.
Comment icon #43 Posted by susieice 12 years ago
What is an naos? I'm assuming it's some kind of an altar. Not really sure. That is what it looked like.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch 12 years ago
Is this the book, susieice? Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt I've had it on my Amazon wish list for a while now. (Hint hint...when is someone gonna buy it for me? ) Seriously, if in your opinion the book is worthwhile I'll buy one. I'm sure they're selling either this one or another as the companion book, but if you didn't see it, it's possible they were out of stock when you were there. This happens. Last Sunday I attended a new exhibit at the Oriental Institute about the origins of writing (one of my favorite topics) and the friggin' companion book was sold out! Oh well, I m... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by archernyc 12 years ago
I finally finished The Omnivore's Dilemma, so I can now start on the book from the Tut exhibit. Does anyone know if they allow cell phone photography in that exhibit? I'll probably go before Thanksgiving because after that, NYC will be a complete mob scene with tourists.
Comment icon #46 Posted by kmt_sesh 12 years ago
I hope you get a chance to see this exhibit. It is well worth the effort. You are far more knowledgeable than me. You are capable of making more meaning than I can. It's beautiful. I hope it sheds light on the times of Cleopatra. What is an naos? I'm assuming it's some kind of an altar. Not really sure. That is what it looked like. You forgot, susieice, you were supposed to take me with you. I would've been your bag boy, gladly. Unless the Cleo exhibit does end up coming to the Field Museum, it's highly unlikely I'll ever see it. My free time is sparse and I reserve most of my vacation time to... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by kmt_sesh 12 years ago
Wish I had been in chicago that sounds like it was a great time. One of these days ill take a weekend trip to see the OI Stop by any time. I'd be glad to give you a private tour...providing the tips are generous and overflowing. Kidding. I don't accept tips. I spend most of my time at the Field Museum and maintain irregular hours at the O.I. I'll be there tomorrow, however. Why not stop by tomorrow?
Comment icon #48 Posted by susieice 12 years ago
They looked like the one from Tut and were rather large but all stone. There was no color on any of the statues or sphinxes, all stone but big like they came from buildings. I'm guessing the color was gone because they were underwater for so long. The stone had the appearance of being pocked with a slight greenish tint to it also. Not smooth though I'm sure at one time it was. Very little wood. There was a headless statue of a female body dressed as the goddess Isis that had a bluish color to it. There was an incense burner but I believe that was made from clay, ceramic. The amphora were also ... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by archernyc 12 years ago
Thanks for posting pix kmt and susie. The naos somehow remind me of the familial shrines that the Romans had (with the death masks of family members). Funny story, many years ago, I used to work for Versace in the fragrance division. FIT had a special exhibit of Gianni's creations and the NY office was given a private tour of the exhibit. I was the last one in of our group and my curiosity got the best of me, so I picked up the hem of something to look at how the garment was constructed underneath (my college major was fashion design & merchandising). It was fascinating - it was very archi... [More]


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