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Egyptian Journeys
The Pharaoh Hunter
Dan Cruickshank traces the story of the British archaeologist Howard Carter..
Dan Cruickshank traces the story of the British archaeologist Howard Carter, who rose from humble origins to become the most famous archaeologist in the world, responsible for one of the richest discoveries of all time: the tomb of Tutankhamen.

However, despite his spectacular success and worldwide fame after this discovery in 1922, Carter was never honoured in Britain, and received no official recognition from his own country. He is buried in a simple grave in Putney, with no statue or honours.

Dan looks for clues to this mystery as he follows the roller-coaster of Carter's career, from his first visit to Egypt as a teenager hired to copy Egyptian art, right up to the fame of his later years of discovery.

Dan visits many of the key archaeological dig sites along the Nile that marked the turning points in Carter's career, including a visit to the tomb of Tutankhamen himself, and he finds out that Carter played a crucial role in updating the science of archaeology and reveals his hidden legacy - a wealth of exquisite drawings and photos.


 

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