July 8, 2002
10:20 AM   Subscribe

The Griffith Institute and Oxford's Ashmolean Museum have recently made the complete records of Howard Carter's excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun available on the web. You can browse the complete list of objects as well as read all the original handwritten descriptive cards and view any or all of Harry Burton's original photographs (many taken in situ and never before published). You can also read Howard Carter's complete personal field diaries from 1922 and 1923. Although this is still an work in progress, its an easy way to lose a couple of hours for any MeFi Egyptology fans. with thanks to The Daily Grail
posted by anastasiav (4 comments total)
What an amazing site! A geniune historical resource, I especially like the first-person accounts and original photographs. A wonderful example of a worthy MeFi post.
posted by yonderboy at 11:18 AM on July 8, 2002

I'm still overwhelmed by the sheer extravagance of what Carter uncovered. This is a good chronological perspective. The in situ photographs remind me of someone's attic, though in this case one filled with precious objects such as six Egyptian chariots! Thanks!
posted by vacapinta at 11:23 AM on July 8, 2002

But if we look at the site will we be affected by the curse of the Mummy's tomb?
posted by zadcat at 3:50 PM on July 8, 2002

The Nov. 26 diary entry gives me chills:

With the light of an electric torch as well as an additional candle we looked in. Our sensations and astonishment are difficult to describe as the better light revealed to us the marvellous collection of treasures: two strange ebony-black effigies of a King, gold sandalled, bearing staff and mace, loomed out from the cloak of darkness; gilded couches in strange forms, lion-headed, Hathor-headed, and beast infernal; exquisitely painted, inlaid, and ornamental caskets; flowers; alabaster vases, some beautifully executed of lotus and papyrus device; strange black shrines with a gilded monster snake appearing from within; quite ordinary looking white chests; finely carved chairs; a golden inlaid throne; a heap of large curious white oviform boxes; beneath our very eyes, on the threshold, a lovely lotiform wishing-cup in translucent alabaster; stools of all shapes and design, of both common and rare materials; and, lastly a confusion of overturned parts of chariots glinting with gold, peering from amongst which was a mannikin. The first impression of which suggested the property-room of an opera of a vanished civilization. Our sensations were bewildering and full of strange emotion.
posted by mediareport at 1:04 PM on July 9, 2002

« Older "It is very necessary to begin the study of...   |   Aladdin Houses. Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments