The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 is traditionally credited to the British Egyptologist Howard Carter, but he didn’t work alone. A new exhibition at the University of Oxford highlights the “crucial” contributions of Egyptians on Carter’s team.
The exhibition, “Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive”, presented in collaboration with Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, showcases photographs, letters, plans, drawings and diaries from an archive that was originally created by the excavators and is now held by the Griffith Institute, the centre of Egyptology at Oxford.
Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from around 1332 B.C.E. (when he was just nine years old) until his death in 1323.
The finding of his tomb three millennia later and the riches it revealed dazzled the world. But in the media hype surrounding the discovery, the Egyptian team members’ involvement in the excavation was largely unnoticed.