My colleagues are already tired of my obsession with Ancient Egypt, but today at least, I have an excellent reason to raise the subject again.
75 years ago, on 2 March 1939, Howard Carter died in relative anonymity; today, outside of the rather restricted egyptological circle, his name raises more eyebrows than enthusiastic comments. And yet, in 1922, he made a discovery that echoed down the corridors of archaeology, THE discovery – the virtually intact tomb of Tutankhamun. Incidentally, 1922 was also the year during which independence was unilaterally bestowed upon Egypt by Great Britain, which inextricably linked Egyptology to politics. Continue reading »