Tutankhamun’s Tomb: its discovery and significance

Tutankhamun Tuesdays Public Lecture Program

Past Event: 3 May 2011

Dr Colin Hope

Join Dr Colin Hope as he explores Howard Carter’s work and the treasures he rediscovered.

In 1922 the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter amazed the world and was widely publicized because of its incredible contents. These continue to amaze. This talk will discuss Carter's work in the Valley of the Kings and the discovery and excavation of the tomb. It will describe and illustrate the major finds and discuss why the tomb is so significant - not just because of the quantity and quality of the objects but what it tells us about royal burial practice and the beliefs in the role of the Egyptian king in the afterlife.

Dr Colin A. Hope is an associate professor at Monash University and director of the Centre for Archaeology & Ancient History; he is a research associate of the Museum Victoria, where he was once a curator. Colin has worked extensively in the Middle East but focuses upon Egyptian archaeology; he has worked on material from a range of sites contemporary with Tutankhamun and published material from the tomb. He now directs excavations at two major sites in Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt's western desert. He has taught Egyptology at Monash University since 1991.

Proudly supported by University of Melbourne, Programs Partner.

Please note the Tutankhamun exhibition is not open on Tuesday evenings.

Speaker/s

Dr Colin Hope
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