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Lecture: The Camera and the King: Photographing the Excavation of Tutankhamun's Tomb / 23 February 2016

Christina Riggs, FSA, will discuss the use of photography in the excavation of the legendary Egyptian tomb, which Howard Carter discovered in 1922. How did photography shape the way the excavation was conducted, the presentation of the find in the press, and the archaeologists’ own ideas about what they had found? This lecture will present work-in-progress on Dr Riggs’ current project, ‘Photographing Tutankhamun’, a study of the tomb’s 3,000-strong photographic archive.  The project has been supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, and a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.

Image: Howard Carter peers into the gilded shrines surrounding the burial of king Tutankhamun. Photograph by Harry Burton. Copyright the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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