Egypt: a fascinating journey

07 July, 2011

Egypt: a fascinating journey
Egypt: a fascinating journey
By Dr Patrick Greene, CEO of Museum Victoria and archaeologist
Published July 2011
RRP: AUD $22.95 / NZD $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-921833-03-8
Format: paperback with stunning colour and b&w photographs
Image: Museum Victoria
Source: Museum Victoria

New Museum Victoria book uncovers the wonders of ancient Egypt.

Released this month, Egypt: a fascinating journey explores the rich history and wonders of Egypt, including the tomb of the Boy King, Tutankhamun.

Millions of people have been fascinated by Tutankhamun, from his unexpected death at an early age to the modern-day drama of the discovery of his tomb, containing extraordinary treasures intended to accompany him on his journey to the afterlife.

After five years of frustrating investigation, in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter made the archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. As he stood ready to enter the burial site for the first time, Howard Carter peered through the hole in the blocking wall and told his patron, Lord Carnavon, that he could see ‘wonderful things’.

“Tutankhamun’s tomb was small and hastily completed, but the sheer quantity and variety of the objects placed in it is staggering,” said Dr Patrick Greene, author and CEO, Museum Victoria.

“As an archaeologist, I am in awe of Howard Carter’s achievement, which has yielded so much information that a hasty clearing of Tutankhamun’s tomb would have denied us.”

Egypt: a fascinating journey is a personal exploration of ancient Egypt. Packed with stunning images by Dr Patrick Greene and Howard Carter’s colleague Harry Burton, the book give readers insight to Tutankhamun’s tomb, and examines the Egyptian civilisation, the extraordinary pyramids of Saqqara and Giza, and the temples of Karnak and Luxor.

The book also explores other archaeological sites in Egypt, in particular the spectacular temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri (The Northern Monastery), and highlights the importance of preserving Egypt’s heritage for future generations.

“The archaeological sites of Egypt represent a resource of great significance and pride to the nation,” said Dr Greene. “My visit to Egypt demonstrated to me the impressive work being undertaken to explore, protect and interpret the rich archaeological heritage”.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, one of the most significant exhibitions ever to visit Australia, is currently on show at Melbourne Museum until 6 November 2011.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is organised by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and IMG, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. The Australian visit is made possible by a partnership with Victorian Major Events Company, the Victorian Government and Melbourne Museum.

Dr Patrick Greene is an archaeologist and since 2002 has been the Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria, Australia’s largest museum organisation. His passion in archaeology began as a young boy growing up in the south-west of England, fascinated by the prehistoric stone circles and alignments on Dartmoor and, at the beach ancient tree-stumps of a sunken forest revealed by storms.

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