Tutankhamen’s Curse

July 23rd, 2013 in News by 0 Comments

Finally, with the extensive help of Nick Wernick and Philippa Snape, my website is complete. Many thanks to both of you, and welcome to everyone who is reading this message.

I intend to use this section of the website to provide updates on Egyptology-themed events in the north west of England, including my own speaking engagements.

With teaching almost over for the year, I am looking forward to the paperback publication of Tutankhamen’s Curse next week (25th July, according to Amazon).  It is now just over 90 years since labourers employed by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered a flight of steps leading down to the lost tomb of the 18th Dynasty Egyptian king Tutankhamen. The tomb was virtually intact and Tutankhamen’s mummified body still lay within, surrounded by a vast array of grave goods. This discovery – Egypt’s first near-complete royal burial – provoked unprecedented media interest. Tutankhamen became a celebrity and, as “Tut-mania” gripped the West Egyptology acquired a popular appeal that was reflected in fashion, architecture and fiction. Meanwhile in Egypt, an increasingly independent country struggling to enter the modern world, the discovery raised uncomfortable questions about colonialism, the ownership of Egypt’s past, and the right of the archaeologist to mine a foreign land for knowledge, profit or personal glory. Things would never be quite the same again.