Tutankhamun’s tomb, innermost coffin, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c. 1323 B.C.E.

Scholars Series: The Tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

November marks 100 years since the discovery of one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological finds by British archaeologist Howard Carter – the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

Tutankhamun’s tomb is one of only two intact kings’ tombs from Egypt and includes objects that range from daily life items through to those reflecting his status. All display the highest quality of craftsmanship and demonstrate the wealth of Egypt – the most powerful state in the Mediterranean at the time, in the fourteenth century BCE.

Marking the anniversary of the discovery, Associate Professor Colin Hope shares insights into Carter’s road to the discovery, and the stories that objects in the tomb tell us about the Egyptian king.

Includes a welcome by Amanda Dunsmore, Senior Curator, International Decorative Arts and Antiquities, NGV.

Associate Professor Colin Hope is an Egyptologist with wide experience in teaching, supervision and excavation. He was the foundation director of the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash University from 1999–2017 where he coordinated the degree in Archaeology and Ancient History. He has worked on digs around the Mediterranean and especially in Egypt since 1974. He directs excavations in Egypt’s Western Desert oasis of Dakhleh on behalf of Monash. Since the early 1980s he has been associated with NGV and was the first to study its collection of Egyptian antiquities in recent times. He has studied and published material from the Tomb of Tutankhamun and worked at the palace of Tut’s grandfather, King Amenhotep III.

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