13.00 - 14.00
Cost: Free

The Camera and the King: Photographing the Excavation of Tutankhamun's Tomb

The Camera and the King: Photographing the Excavation of Tutankhamun's Tomb

Lecture by Christina Riggs, FSA.

Christina Riggs, FSA, will discuss the use of photography in the excavation of the legendary Egyptian tomb, which Howard Carter discovered in 1922. How did photography shape the way the excavation was conducted, the presentation of the find in the press, and the archaeologists’ own ideas about what they had found? This lecture will present work-in-progress on Dr Riggs’ current project, ‘Photographing Tutankhamun’, a study of the tomb’s 3,000-strong photographic archive.  The project has been supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, and a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.


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