History : Mar-Apr 2018
BACKED UP BY A SPECIALIST team, including archaeologists Arthur Mace, chemist and Egyptologist Alfred Lucas, and the photographer Harry Burton, Carter spent 10 years analyzing the contents of the tomb, which contained more than 5,000 objects. Each one was inventoried, photo- graphed in situ, briefly described, and moved to a makeshift laboratory nearby. The Long Haul Carter was personally involved in removing the most valuable items from the tomb, such as the funerary bed decorated with the head of the hippopotamus goddess Ammit (above) and the painted bust of Tutankhamun (right). FROM TOMB TO MUSEUM the long inventory EGYPTIAN WORKERS CARRY A CRATE CONTAINING ONE OF THE GOLDEN WAR CHARIOTS FOUND IN TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB. BRIDGEMAN/ACI Transporting Tut’s Treasures At the end of each archaeological season, the inventoried items had to be transported to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The objects were placed on wagons that were moved on railway tracks. Carter only had a limited number of these tracks, over which the wagons were pushed as far as possible. The tracks from behind were then moved to the front, and so on, until they reached the Nile—a journey of a few miles that took many hours. Boats carried the cargo to the capital. The two most iconic items in the tomb, the golden casket and the funerary mask, were transported in a specially equipped carriage, escorted by soldiers. BRIDGEMAN/ACIBETTMANN/CORBIS/GETTYIMAGESS.VANNINI/GETTYIMAGES HOWARD CARTER WATCHES AS PORTERS CARRY A CARVED STATUETTE FROM TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB.