1922-1930 The deconstruction of Tutankhamun’s tomb, in color

IMAGE: UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (C) THE GRIFFITH INSTITUTE, OXFORD. COLORIZED BY DYNAMICHROME FOR THE EXHIBITION “THE DISCOVERY OF KING TUT” IN NEW YORK

Perhaps surprisingly, the mummy of King Tutankhamun remains exactly where it was discovered by Howard Carter, on Nov. 26, 1922 — in its tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

That does not apply, however, to the thousands of objects that accompanied the boy king on his journey to the afterlife — objects which Carter famously described as “wonderful things” when he first peered into the tomb’s dark chambers by candlelight.

The painstaking — and sometimes back-breaking — work of recording, cataloging and then removing every object, one-by-one, began in…

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7 thoughts on “1922-1930 The deconstruction of Tutankhamun’s tomb, in color

  1. Reblogged this on http://www.seanmunger.com and commented:
    First Night History, which scours the web for great history articles, has brought us a link to some truly eye-popping photos of the original discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the 1920s. I’m a sucker for old color photos, so naturally I was drawn to these! Originally appearing on Mashable, these pics are an absolute must-see for archaeology or ancient Egypt buffs. Having actually seen the real Tutankhamen artifacts with my own eyes, it’s really incredible to see what they looked like when they were brought out of the tomb.

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  2. The photos are stunning in colour, undoubtedly. A large part of me feels very uncomfortable at the sight of rich and influential Englishmen gleefully smashing down walls, and looting tombs. I have a feeling that this all should have been left in peace. Despite the knowledge gained by the discoveries, and the chance to view the wonderful finds, I cannot shake the idea that it is wrong.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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