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Biblical Archaeology Review 48:4, Winter 2022


Excavating the Archive

The unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb—100 years ago, in 1922—is one of the world’s most famous archaeological discoveries. It remains the only known intact royal burial from ancient Egypt. During the ten years it took to excavate the tomb, the team around archaeologist Howard Carter—including the expedition’s photographer, Harry Burton—generated an immense amount of documentation.a

Marking the centenary of the discovery, this historic material is currently the object of an exhibition, Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive, at the Weston Library, a division of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. Through stunning images and original records, which include maps, plans, drawings, diaries, object cards, conservation records, and letters, the exhibit offers a fresh look at the complexities of both the ancient burial and the excavation.

This exhibit is the most comprehensive presentation of the material to date, offering a vivid first-hand account of the excavation and of the meticulous work that went into documenting and conserving the artifacts. On display is also this photographic print of Tutankhamun’s throne annotated by Carter with notes on colors and materials.

Through February 5, 2023
The Weston Library
University of Oxford, England
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