During the lectures on this week we learned about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. I had previously known that basics behind the discovery of his tomb, but I was unaware of the specific details that led to it. I found it interesting to learn that because of George Herbert’s breathing difficulties, he traveled to Egypt during the winter. The practice of taking up archaeology because of boredom was not something that I ever thought of occurring.
After class I attempted to find the photographs of the discovery and recovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. I found the University of College London Archives website. When I searched for the photographs and the notebook I found this webpage: UCL Library Archives. The page that is linked, lists what this specific part of their collections includes. There are five boxes that are filled with papers of Douglas Frith Derry, that include files related to the Predynastic, Old Kingdom, Old Kingdom Giza, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, Derry’s “master notebook” and Tutankhamun. What I would do to be able to look through those documents! Unfortunately, there is restricted access for “private research only at the Archivist’s discretion.”
I found a few more websites that actually have the photographs available to for viewing, the first was at the British Museum. This site led me to The Griffith Institute. All of these photographs were taken by Harry Burton and they are a part of The Howard Carter Archives. My favorite photo so far from the collection is P0707. It is a close up of Tutankhamun’s head inside the sarcophagus. I wish I could have seen the Tutankhamnun exhibit when it was in Chicago! Right now it is in Seattle, Washington until January 6th if anyone is interested in seeing it.
If you are at all interested in seeing more photographs from Tutankhamn’s tomb you should check out The Griffith Institute link. There are hundreds of photographs of the chambers as they were found, photographs of individual artifacts and the surrounding region.