Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun

Ref: C2347318

A look at archeologist Howard Carter – by all accounts a difficult, hot-headed man – and his determination to locate the tomb of Tutankhamun. We'll also look at his earlier career and how his artistic skills enabled him to visit Egypt in the first place. We'll discuss his relationship with his employer, Lord Carnavon, and how Carnarvon nearly withdrew his funding before the discovery of the tomb. And we'll examine the life of Tutankhamun himself and why the artefacts found in his tomb were so important and so valuable.

Course aim

The story of archaeologist Howard Carter's attempts to find the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and how the location was actually identified.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain how Howard Carter developed his early interest in Ancient Egypt
  • Suggest reasons why Carter's temperament might have helped him in his quest for Tutankhamun's tomb.
  • Outline how Tutankhamun's accession to the throne affected religion in Egypt.
  • Describe the so-called 'curse of the pharaohs'.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You are not required to bring anything.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun

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