Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
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April  2014
264 pp.
514 color, 42 b/w illus. 
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Discovering Tutankhamun

From Howard Carter to DNA Zahi Hawass

A thorough account of what we know and don't know about the life and times of the famous young pharaoh, from the discovery of his tomb in 1922 to the CT-scans of the twenty-first century

Penned by a scholar who was personally involved in research into the enigmatic young pharaoh, this comprehensive and fully illustrated new study reviews the current state of our knowledge about the life, death, and burial of Tutankhamun in light of the latest investigations and newest technology. Zahi Hawass places the king in the broader context of Egyptian history, unraveling the intricate and much debated relationship between various members of the royal family, and the circumstances surrounding the turbulent Amarna period. He also succinctly explains the religious background and complex beliefs in the afterlife that defined and informed many features of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The history of the exploration of the Valley of the Kings is discussed, as well as the background and mutual relationships of the main protagonists. The tomb and the most important finds are described and illustrated, and the modern X-raying and CT-scanning of the king’s mummy are presented in detail. The description of the latest DNA examination of the mummies of Tutankhamun and members of his family is one of the most absorbing parts of the book and demonstrates that scientific methods may produce results that cannot be paralleled by traditional Egyptology. “This is a work by a man who passionately loves Egypt’s past and is not afraid of controversy. There is nothing like reading a book that contains first-hand recollections and impressions, bringing to life an exacting academic topic. Dr Hawass does this in masterly fashion.”—from the Foreword by Jaromir Malek
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Zahi Hawass is one of the world’s best known Egyptologists, former Egyptian minister of state for antiquities, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including several on Tutankhamun.

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“The forte of this book, besides its illustrations, is the additional material it contains about other excavations and the scientific processes carried out to determine Tutankhamun’s familial relations…written in a very readable style”—-Gill Woods, Thames Valley ancient Egypt Society Newsletter, June 2014

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