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Contesting Antiquity in Egypt

Donald Malcolm Reid 

The history of the struggles for control over Egypt's antiquities, and their repercussions during a period of intense national ferment

The sensational discovery in 1922 of Tutankhamun’s tomb, close on the heels of Britain’s declaration of Egyptian independence, accelerated the growth in Egypt of both Egyptology as a formal discipline and of ‘pharaonism'—popular interest in ancient Egypt—as an inspiration in the struggle for full independence...

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