Carl Nicholas REEVES

Thames and Hudson, 1990

The tomb of Tutankhamun, with its breathtaking treasures, has exerted a hold over the popular imagination ever since its discovery in 1922.
This book is a detailed and comprehensive account of this great archaeological discovery. The story of the boy-king, buried in splendour at the height of Egyptian civilization; the determined quest for his tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon; the unforeseen riches eventually revealed – these are important events in the history of archaeology. However, despite the publicity at the time of the discovery and since – made more intriguing by the linking of Carnarvon’s early death with the legend of the pharoah’s curse – it remains a story only partly told.
Carter never produced a complete account of his excavations. The Tutankhamun exhibitions of the 1960’s and 1970’s generated a spate of books but none added significantly to what Carter had already published about the tomb.
This book is a revealing account of the subject.

About the Author

Carl Nicholas Reeves, FSA (born 28 September 1956), is an English Egyptologist at the Egyptian Expedition, University of Arizona.

A renowned Egyptologist and one of the world’s leading experts on the period, Nicholas Reeves was for several years a Curator in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.

A specialist in Egyptian history and material culture, Reeves is a graduate (first class honours) in Ancient History from University College London (1979). He received his Ph.D. in Egyptology (Studies in the Archaeology of the Valley of the Kings, with Particular Reference to Tomb Robbery and the Caching of the Royal Mummies) from Durham University in 1984.

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