Title: Tutankhamun, the Untold Story
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, NY
Publication Date: 1978
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First Edition - First Printing
A plan of Tutankhamun's tomb and a map of the Valley of the Kings inside the front and back cover. Hoving as head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art arranged the Tutankhamun exhibition throughot the United States. 32 pages of color and black-and-white photos. 384 pages. Jacket protected in acid-free clear plastic cover. Bookseller Inventory # 003445
Synopsis: The discovery of Tutankhamun's treasure-filled tomb is one of the greatest events in modern archeology. It is also a story so filled with intrigues, accusations, international imbroglios, and lasting scandals that it forever altered the way archaeological expeditions were organized and conducted. Hoving's Tutankhamun focuses on Howard Carter, the archaeologist who persisted for six years in his search in the Valley of the Kings for Tutankhamun's tomb. Other major figures in the discovery include: Carter's patron Lord Carnarvon, who died shortly after entering the tomb, thus kindling rumors of a curse; Carter's rival Pierre Lacau, a French Jesuit who headed the Antiquities Service in Cairo and did everything he could to ruin Carter and deny his claim; the Egyptian authorities determined to keep the artifacts of their national heritage in their country; and Arthur Weigall and other Egyptologists who felt slighted by Carter's refusal to admit experts anywhere near his discovery.
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.
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