In Pictures: Discovering Tutankhamun at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 July 2014

The Ashmolean's summer exhibition tells the story of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made: the discovery of the tomb of the 'boy king', Tutankhamun, by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922

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Photos taken by the excavation's photographer, Harry Burton, depict the tomb and its contents exactly as it was when the doors were opened, while Carter's evocative plans, diaries and journals record his thoughts when he made the discovery and his meticulous work over 10 years documenting and exploring the tomb.

Fashion, jewellery, vintage advertising and 1920s and 1930s art and design also features alongside art from the Amarna period, between 1350 and 1330 BC, on loan from international collections.

  • Discovering Tutankhamun runs from July 24 - November 2 2014.

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Would The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo lend any of their King Tut treasures for this exhibition, which focuses on the 'discovery' and excavation by Carter and Carnarvon? I agree however it does open up the question of the level of dialogue between museums with archaeology and antiquities collections. Do you think there should be more cooperation with Egyptian experts in Cairo for exhibitions of this kind?
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