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The Treasures of Tutankhamun by Jaromir…

The Treasures of Tutankhamun

by Jaromir Malek

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Despite my appreciation of Jaromir Malek's writing, I resisted getting 'The Treasures of Tutankhamun' because I already have seemingly similar replica books: 'The Ancient Egypt Pack' and 'Egyptology' by Emily Sands, which includes delightful memorabilia typical of the twenties era. Although Malek simply recycles the title, 'The Treasures of Tutankhamun,' like the 1970s exhibition of that name, he recycles history more unusually. Collages enliven the narrative and tucked-in scholars' genuine notes. This book rewarded my wistfully impulsive capitulation.

Probably too arcane for all but a precocious child, the myriad documents offer insight into some of the archaeological moments of discovery during the prolonged documentation of the tomb. Some of the pieces are gratuitous contemporary trivia of Carter's day notes [e.g., Lett's... Rough Diary 1922 & 1923 which are hieroglyphic themselves in their nearly indecipherable long hand script], which nonetheless illicit a time and cultural context for the Tut discoveries. Other sheets duplicate Carter's expert drawings of seals or impressions -- impressive in themselves.

Oxford offers Carter's notes on the Anatomy of an Excavation site, and here in this book a few note cards can be held in hand and pondered. Carter's handwriting may be mostly illegible, but his drawings speak clearly. He methodically records the astonishing layers of amulets on the king's body. And a chariot horse's detailed bridle and saddle harness.

The general reader may glimpse in condensed form highlights of the ten years of clearing the tomb. The specialist may study the precise royal chariot rigging, as envisioned by Carter. The esteemed Egyptologist author offers something to please everyone. If you have imagined a career in Egyptology or archaeology, this will appease the desire while allowing you to return to whatever pragmatic profession actually supports you.
  seshet | Apr 11, 2009 |
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Explaining Tutankhamun's background and the role of the Pharaoh, "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" shows how Egypt became a source of fascination for those in the West. Using photographs, drawings and diagrams from the original expedition, it brings to life the excitement and wonderment that Carter and Carnarvon must have felt upon opening the tomb. It also describes the painstaking efforts that were taken as they and their team slowly investigated the wealth of objects that had lain hidden for centuries. It also addresses its impact on the study of Egyptology and the more far-reaching effects it has had.

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