Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, August 01, 2009

In addition to the Davies tracings from the Tombs of the Nobles mention in the previous post, the Griffith Institute have also uploaded various of Howard Carter's notes about the tomb of Tutankhamun. If you are interested, this seems to be the best index page.

They have also posted a great page of old photographs of the clearance of KV62. These aren't the official photographs you may have seen before but photographs taken by anonymous photographers outside the tomb - in short they are the 1920s equivalent of the type of photos usually featured on this blog! It's great to know that the practice of reportage from the Valley of the Kings I have adopted has such a long and distinguished pedigree!


Anonymous said...

This is a superb on line resource. After spending a bit of time looking through the items particularly exhibits i remember from the Cairo museum i would like to make two points: What a genius Carter was, organised, diligent, artistic, knowledgeable and dedicated, and i am so glad Theodore Davis did not get his hands on Tuts tomb first! Dave Hay

Kate Phizackerley said...

Carter was apparently something of a mercurial figure and someof his decisions weren't always the best; however, it's easy to forget that he was also a first rate Egyptologist and - as you say - history should be glad that he, not Davis, found KV62.

Anonymous said...

Are you referring to Carters decision to remove the valuable items under Tutankhamuns bandages Kate? If so i agree that this resulted in severe damage to the body because of the hardness of the excessive unguents which had set like cement. He took this decision though because of his deep belief that the mummy should be left to spend eternity in his own tomb and to leave valuable items would have been dangerous. Look at what happened during the 2nd WW when the tomb was unguarded and a whole section of his ribs went missing due to the pectoral still left stuck there!Dave Hay


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