Sunday, February 5, 2023

100 Years of Exploring King Tut: The Art of Ancient Egyptian Religion


The Discovery of King Tutankhamun’s Burial Chamber 

February 16, 2023 marks the 100 year anniversary of the opening of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s burial chambers in November 1922 when a member of his team stumbled upon one of the entrance steps. The total site consisted of four chambers, the final one housing King Tut’s sarcophagus. King Tut’s burial site was the first ancient Egyptian tomb discovered with little-to-no looting or disturbance since the King’s death, making it the best source of what historians have learned about ancient Egypt. 

To celebrate this 100th anniversary, Forsyth County Sharon Forks Library will host a presentation by Elissa Ferguson, PhD Lecturer, Department of Visual Arts and Faculty Advisor for the Art History Minor at University of North Georgia. Dr. Ferguson will discuss the art of ancient Egyptian Religion. The presentation, 100 Years of Exploring King Tut: The Art of Ancient Egyptian Religion, will be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m.

For further information on King Tutankhamun, check out these books. 

Tutankhamun's Trumpet: Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects from the Boy King's Tomb by Toby Wilkinson

Toby Wilkinson takes the objects buried with the king as the source material for a wide-ranging, detailed portrait of ancient Egypt- its geography, history, culture, and legacy. 

In the Valley of the Kings: Howard Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb by Daniel Meyerson

Daniel Meyerson delves into the career and psyche of Howard Carter, the British archeologist who in 1922 discovered the 3,300 year-old gold and jewel-laden tomb of boy king Tutankhamun. 

King Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb by Zahi A. Hawaas

Using his experience as an archeologist, Dr. Zahi A. Hawaas discusses specific items in the order that they were discovered, and imagines how Howard Carter might have felt during the original discovery. 

The Earl and the Pharaoh: From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun by Fiona Carnarvon

Fiona Carnarvon, the Countess of Carnarvon explores the life of family ancestor George Herbert- the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and partner to Howard Carter and thrilling behind-the-scenes story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century by Christina Riggs

In light of the centennial of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, Christina Riggs interweaves historical analysis with vignettes drawn from encounters with Tutankhamen to offer a bold new history of the young Pharaoh whose legacy can reveal as much about our world as his own.

Tutankhamun, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlives by Aidan Dodson

Tutankhamun, Kind of Egypt tells the story of Tutankhamun, from his own lifetime in the fourteenth century BC, down to modern times. 

Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World by Bob Brier

Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World explores the 100 years of research on the items taken from King Tutankhamun’s burial chambers and discusses how this information has not only expanded our knowledge of ancient Egyptian culture but also on the societies of today. 

Jessica Giles
Information Specialist

No comments: