It is, quite simply, the greatest archaeological discovery of our time: the only intact tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh yet discovered. Now this landmark book, the official companion to the traveling exhibition, lets you examine King Tut's magnificent treasures in closer detail than ever before. Follow the ongoing detective work as scientists unearth new clues and piece together clearer pictures of this golden age.
Extensively researched by renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and featuring beautiful photographs by National Geographic photographer Kenneth Garrett, the book showcases a splendid selection of treasures unearthed in Egyptian tombs and brings these discoveries to life as never before.
In Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, cutting-edge forensic information of Tutankhamun provides tantalizing clues to the mysterious life and death of the ancient king. The 55 Tutankhamun artifacts featured in this bookas well as 70 additional artifacts from other pharaohs of the 18th dynastyillustrate daily life and the journeys of kings to the afterlife, giving us a glimpse into the richness of this ancient civilization.
288 pages, 175 full-color photographs, maps, timeline, and tomb plans
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass is Egypt's Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and director for the Giza Pyramids. He is credited with major discoveries, such as the unusual double statue of Ramses II at Giza and the tombs of the Giza pyramid builders. His findings have contributed significantly to our knowledge of how the Pyramids were built.
In 1999 Hawass led an excavation and preservation project at Egypt's Bahariya Oasis that discovered more than 200 Greco-Roman mummies, many of them lavishly gilded. In addition, Hawass directed the conservation of the Sphinx at Giza and spearheaded the exploration of a shaft in the Great Pyramid of Giza using a robot.
Born in Dumyt, Egypt, Hawass studied archaeology in both Egypt and the United States and received a Fulbright scholarship in 1980. In 1987 he earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1988 he has taught Egyptian archaeology, history, and culture, most recently at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 2000 Hawass received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Egyptian American Scholars and was one of 30 international figures to receive the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement.