November 4th 1922
The Tutankhamun Exhibition ‘Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ has just opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London for what is said to be the last time that these treasures will leave Egypt. My husband’s great grandfather, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and Howard Carter were friends and colleagues, sharing a love for ancient Egypt and a passion for its works of art and architecture. It was a civilisation which had entranced everyone from the Romans to Napoleon and the Victorian era had seen an explosion of gentleman archaeologists in Egypt from both Europe and America.
By 1921, Lord Carnarvon and Carter were well-respected and long standing winter residents in Luxor and Cairo but were in fact about to draw stumps and not renew their concession to excavate in the Valley of the Kings wondering, like so many of their colleagues of that time, whether this area was played out and there was nothing more to find. However, they decided to undertake one more season during the winter of 1922/1923.
Carter left England for Egypt before Lord Carnarvon in order to begin their work at the entrance to the tomb of Ramses VI ahead of the usual Valley of the Kings tourist season, given that this tomb was the major attraction of that time. His diaries are held in the Griffiths Institute in Oxford, about 40 minutes drive from Highclere, and are always worth reading but his notes on this day in 1922 are rather terse, simply stating: “First steps of tomb found.” At that point in time could anyone have imagined what would follow?
Lord Carnarvon had remained in Highclere, planning to join Carter after Christmas. It was a challenging time in Britain with high unemployment and falling wages. The colliery he owned in Derbyshire was on strike and the coalition led by Prime Minister David Lloyd George collapsed in October, leading to a general election in November.
Lord Carnarvon had first travelled to Egypt in 1901, later applying for a concession to excavate in the Valley of the Nobles, where in 1906 he found a mummified cat coffin. Later he obtained a concession to work in the Valley of the Queens where, in 1909, Professor Gaston Maspero, Director of Antiquities, introduced him to Howard Carter. Lord Carnarvon offered him employment and helped him build a house, “Castle Carter”, using bricks shipped out from Highclere. It was the beginning of a great partnership.
Howard Carter had worked in Egypt since 1891 at a number of excavations, firstly under Newberry and secondly with Flinders Petrie, learning from the most highly respected Egyptologists of the time. Whilst winters were spent in a Egypt, in summer Carter was a regular visitor to Highclere where Lord Carnarvon welcomed experts and friends such as Alan Gardiner, Wilhelm Spiegelberg, George Moeller, Dr Wallis Budge and Georges Legrain, some of whom contributed to Lord Carnarvon’s book “Five Years at Thebes: a record of work done 1907-1911”.
Eventually, just as the First World War began, Lord Carnarvon was granted the concession to work in the Valley of the Kings so only began to work properly there from 1919. They were looking for the tomb of an obscure pharaoh, Tutankhamun, who was listed as one of the 18th dynasty of pharaohs all of whom had chosen to be buried in the valley and hillside dominated by the peak of al-Qurn, known to the Ancient Egyptians as ta dehent.
These days, Tutankhamun, whose youth and reign were surpassed by both his successors as well as his antecedents, has become one of the most recognised icons throughout the world today. His tomb was found more or less intact because his name and history were over- written. Yet his name is now often spoken thanks to the unsurpassed richness of his tomb, and its discovery by two Englishmen on November 4th 1922. Such are the vagaries of history.
Thank you so much for this excellent information.
I wish you would finish this story…It is wonderful to hear it from a family member…was he there when the treasure was found? What did he think when it was found? It is said they took treasures b4 the authorities arrived? When did he get bit? Was it by a mosquito? I love how u tell us about the life of this beautiful home…
Lord Carnarvon was there with Howard Carter when they discovered the treasures. The press interest in the discovery became overwhelming so they both agreed to seal the tomb and take some time to decide how best to proceed. It was during his time back in Cairo that the 5th Earl nicked an existing mosquito bite while shaving which became infected and led to his premature death.
I absolutely enjoy every article! And cannot wait to visit this coming spring! Thank you so much for taking the time to write for us!
Fascinating. Please finish your sentence, ” during the winter of” ? This comment is meant to be helpful. Your article is gratefully received.
I think it has just slipped onto the next line – it is the winter of 1922/23
This is so interesting. I hope you are starting Christmas decor at Highclere. Christmas comes and goes so fast. I love your posts on Monday mornings here in burned up California. Have a wonderful a Holiday season!
We have already started making some of the decorations and the elves will really get into the swing of things later this month.
Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for this post!
Thanks so much for leaving such a post it’s helpful at times
Please cancel my comment. I figured it out. Not the first time I was an idiot. When I was a youngster I was sent to Phillips Exeter Academy. The first essay was returned by the instructor with a grade of F, and the comment “if English is not your native language see me after class”. Things haven’t changed much. Best wishes and many thanks for all your efforts. I truly enjoy your articles.
Thank you for another intriguing look back into your Lord Carnarvon’s family history as well as into the ancient history of Egypt. At Highclere in 2013, my husband and our group were in awe of the treasures the 5th Earl brought home to England from his discoveries. What amazing insight he and Mr. carter had for such an important way to preserve “preserved” history.
I am now awaiting delivery of my order of “Christmas at Highclere: Recipes and Traditions,” another successful way of carrying on the gifts of your family to others.
I too stare at the collection in awe – such an amazing glimpse into an ancient civilisation. I hope you enjoy my Christmas book – do let me know your favourite recipes!
My husband and I are booked to see the exhibition in January. Really looking forward to it.
P.s Did the White Onion & Truffle soup, Shepherds Pie and Macaroni cheese for our Halloween party from your fabulous book. It was a total success and everyone loved it all.
Fiona Buxton. X
I am so glad to hear that – they are great favourites with our family too!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What fascinating historical information! Having read all your books, “Lady Almina” certainly surprised me with the connection to King Tut!! I never knew the true details and benefactors of this complex discovery until your wonderful writings appeared.
I certainly enjoy your blogs and look forward to visiting your lovely, historically rich home soon!
Happy holidays to you and your wonderful family!
You are very kind. Thank you.
I have long been fascinated by the discoveries of/in ancient Egypt and, by association, Highclere Castle and its treasures from excavations there. You are so fortunate to be surrounded by these stories. Being caretakers of history, both British and Egyptian, is a huge task that few would be able to accomplish. You and your husband seem to be doing an admirable job!!
Thank you – we try to do as much as we can to share these fascinating stories.
My former radiation oncologist here in the U.S. is from Egypt. His office is full of beautiful artwork from there, including a life size painting of King Tut done in gold (not sure of the actual gold quality). I actually enjoyed going for my treatments years ago – just to have the opportunity to be close to such rare art. Sadly, while touring Highclere in 2014, our group did not go downstairs to see the exhibit. A definite loss for me.
Then you must come back and see them!
Whenever I finish reading your posts, I always feel a bit more educated than I did when I awakened. Thank you 🙂
St. Louis, MO
You are very kind.
Wow, I had the opportunity to see the exhibit when it was in the United States many years ago. It was amazing!
I saw it on Friday – it is.
Hello Lady C, Thanks again for your wonderful Monday blog. Gosh, Carter and Lord C were so dedicated. I can’t even imagine taking the long and arduous trip from England to Egypt! Anywho, we’ve had a wet but balmy Halloween here in NJ, which brings to mind Guy Fawks Day. Do you attend any Bonfire Celebrations? I don’t know much about the customs for that day, is it considered a holiday? Well, enjoy your day and much kind greetings to you and all at Highclere. Karen
It was an arduous journey – by train, boat, horse and mule and took weeks. Guy Fawkes Day isn’t an official holiday but lots of families celebrate with bonfires and fireworks. We don’t tend to celebrate as we have horses and dogs who get easily spooked by the fireworks so we usually stay near to them.
Very interesting blog post Lady Carnarvon. I had no idea that the bricks to build Castle Carter came from Highclere. Is it thought that there might have been a romance between Howard Carter and Lady Evelyn Herbert?
No – they were a generation apart; he 48 and she 21 when the tomb was discovered. Lady Evelyn worked alongside and was a great companion to her father.
Thank you, Lady Carnarvon
This story though known by many is more treasured when shared by the insights that you have shared.
We have in San Jose, California, a museum, called Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. It is a favorite of my family and has been visited many times over the years.
Now my grandchildren enjoy its artifacts, to wonder and learn about the people and times of ancient Egypt.
The Museum only furthers their imaginations and shows them the possibilities of, not only what was done in those times, but what is still to be discovered and uncovered in our times.
Every day is an opportunity!
Children come to visit our exhibition here at Highclere as Tutankhamun is part of the school curriculum and they really do seem to enjoy looking at the artifacts.
My husband and I just visited Highclere last Tuesday. We thoroughly enjoyed touring your beautiful home as well as listening to your gracious introduction despite your feeling a bit under the weather. We were also thrilled to tour the exhibition. It was absolutely fascinating. It certainly was a highlight of our trip and one which we will always treasure.
Thank you so much for this story it is most welcome on this very wet and cold Monday morning.
Kathleen from Ontario Canada.
Thank you for investing yourself in this blog. I have only been following you for a short time but always enjoy your writings. I met you on the Viking Jupiter while docked in Tilbury last July. I thought then what a truly interesting and well educated person you are. Again, thank you for sharing such rich history, details and thoughts.
You are very kind.
I say, “hat’s off” to all those determined explorers, through their efforts we are
able to enjoy the fruits of their labor’s.
Some years ago we went on an amazing trip to Egypt and visited the Valley of
the Kings and Karnak. Our trip also took us to the Cairo Museum where we
saw first hand all those treasures found in the tomb of the young King Tut.
The mask was stunning as well as the different furnishings etc. It is rewarding
to be able to have a glimpse back in time and see how these people lived.
Thank you for the interesting family details about this great discovery!
I found the Egypt Exhibit at Highclere utterly fascinating and very informative – and like all things at Highclere – well thought out and very ‘user’ friendly.
Attending one of your outdoor concerts is definately on my bucket list.
I am glad you enjoyed it.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I regret not going through your Egyptian Exhibition while visiting the castle a few years ago, but it means I will have to visit again. LOL
Lady Carnarvon, this week’s blog is very appropriate as we leave in 2 days to do a tour of Egypt and Jordan. Your narrative has just added to the excitement of this 3-week trip and being able to see the tomb and the artifacts that Carter and Lord Carnavon found and shared with the world in person.
Elizabeth, have a wonderful trip! We were in Jordan in April and we will visit Egypt in March.
This story never loses it’s fascination. The bravery, respect, and graciousness of those two men changed the world’s understanding of that ancient culture. The Exhibit at Highclere is an immensely interesting memorial to their efforts and to the incredible beauty of Egyptian art and culture.
Thank you for sharing this story! As an Art History major in college there were many happy hours studying King Tut & all things Egyptian!
Thank you for your story about ancient Egypt… I enjoy your blog and I hope to visit your fantastic castle soon … all the best
Please do come.
There was a recent two part drama series on PBS focusing on the discoveries of Carter and Carnarvon. Wondered if you happened to see it and what was your opinion and how true to fact it was?
I haven’t seen it yet – I will look out for it.
What a wonderful post and wonderful legacy left to your family. I am enjoying your Christmas book, and gifted a copy to my sister and mother on their birthdays as well. We are hoping to get together during the holidays and make some of the recipes. My mom is 86 and she really perked up when she got her book. It inspired her to start cooking again. She loves all things Downton as well. Thank you again.
How wonderful. Christmas is a time for family and traditions – do tell me which are their favourite recipes.
I am reading your article as I sit here on a bench behind “Castle Carter”, thinking about what must have gone through Carter’s mind on that faithful day in 1922. A day that changed Egyptology forever. The first semi intact tomb, ever to be found in Egypt!
A pity that Carnarvon died too soon and a pity that Carter died, almost forgotten.
I salute them and your article.
A lovely blog! And you are so gracious. Thank you for imparting grace and knowledge to my Monday.
Dear Lady Carnarvon
I so enjoyed my visit to Highclere, shopping for and reading your wonderful books, and am looking forward to your Christmas issue!
After your fascinating post on the tomb discovery, which has been so well documented by now, just a thought: how about a book on what happened to the treasures afterwards, and the amazing discovery made at Highclere some years later? This would be a fabulous tale, in a setting that is both magical and historical. And many of your readers may be surprised by it!
Watch this space…
It is so interesting to here of the stories of Egypt and Tutankhamun. My husband and I were at Highclere in June of this year. We were there for the concert and took the tour of the castle, its grounds and the Tutankhamun exhibit. It is something that we will never forget. I purchased the book, Lady Alima and the Real Downton Abby. I had the pleasure of meeting you and you were kind
enough to autograph it for me. Just recently took a trip by train to New York City and took the book along with me. Ironically I was on chapter 7, Edwardian Egypt. Maybe Egypt will be on my list for the next big adventure. Looking forward to more stories.
New Hartford, Ct
It is a wonderful country and to visit the Valley of the Kings is quite an experience.
Thank you so much for sharing the history of the Carnarvon family with us. I was bitten by the Egyptology bug at an early age. I have been blessed to visit Egypt twice and I love it so much. Especially love the 18th Dynasty of which Tutankhamun was a member. I have a few antiquities myself, legally obtained of course. I love all things Egyptian. You are an amazing writer and thank you again for sharing with us. Many blessings
At the same time in England Lord Carnarvon’s dog died at the castle. My cousin Ivy would never talk about it saying it was the curse even to this day I will not have anything Egyptian in my house. I did go and see the display at Dorset which is very good even with me being scared and when my niece needed to write about the discovery I told her all I knew and she got top marks. I’ve now watched the discovery channel and realise the mosquito bite caused the sad loss but I will still not have anything Egyptian in my house.
You are quite right that Susie, Lord Carnarvon’s dog let out a howl and died here at Highclere at the same time as the 5th Earl died in Egypt. Also all the lights went out across Cairo. I think these events were the beginning of the myth of ‘the curse of Tutankhamun’.
Your story was fascinating. Thank you for sharing it. I feel as if I had a window into the past.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for a wonderful read, I love to read about Egyptology, I always find it fascinating how they built the Pyramids and the tombs, I always wanted to be an archaeologist, but was told at school, that it wasn’t a career!! I too am thoroughly enjoying your Christmas at Highclere book, I love all the recipes, I will be making the mince pies.
I hope you enjoy them – they are delicious and the smell of them baking is so redolent of the festive season.
I went to Egypt in 1988 and had the pleasure of going to the Cairo Museum to see many of the beautiful things found in the Tomb. And then when the exhibit came to the United States I saw it twice more. What a magnificent find and absolutely the most thrilling for an archaeologist to make. I love reading the history of your family.
I saw the exhibit at Highclere last summer. I also saw the touring exhibit when it visited the states some years ago. But it was through your books about the two Lady Carnarvon’s where I learned the most about what was happening with the people involved with the tomb excavation.
Thank you – you are kind.
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Forty-two years ago this Fall I was a young college student in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when the ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ opened at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Studying biology, but always interested in anything archeological, I made it to the exhibit in October. It was stunning. And though we waited on bleachers in the dark for hours to be admitted, once in we could stay as long as we wanted until closing. I will never forget it. You may know they set up the exhibit as if one was actually entering the tomb as Carter and Lord Carnarvon did. In that way, attendees came upon the treasures in the same order that they did. Sepia-toned, life-sized photos of the actual tomb surroundings covered the walls as one moved through the exhibit. I could not believe my eyes! Thank you for bringing my memories back today. I look forward to your blog each Monday!
What wonderful memories!
I saw that same exhibit in Washington, D.C. at the National Art Gallery in November of 1976! I will never forget it, and the mask of Tutankhamun, with all of the gold in that exhibit. It was exquisite.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for the photos and information. I studied Egyptology, specifically “religion”, for a couple of years and I find this article especially interesting. I still have several books in my library including the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts and Egyptian Book of the Dead, etc. I find the funerary spells and prayers to be so beautiful. These writings lend such a deeper layer to all the archaeological finds in my opinion. Thank you again for posting your story and photos.
I love the continuity – each civilisation planning for the world hereafter
Thank you for the wonderful post today. I, too, attended the touring exhibit of Egyptian artifacts so many years ago. The museum in Houston set up an immersive experience & painted the walls such a restful tone of rose pink that it created a temperature drop. That became my favorite color for living in the South & West of USA.
You establish the humanity of textbook figures; what a gift you provide.
Excellent article! Thank you for sharing! Randy & I enjoy following your blog very much & look forward to each installment.
Thank you and next week – Nov 11th is one for you…
Loved your story. I am going back to London in a few weeks and the British Museum will now HAVE to be on my list! I saw it years ago in the US but you have peeked my interest to see it again!
So love Monday morning to read your blogs!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
So, it’s 97 years to the day that the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in modern times. I have read that Carter recorded in his diary that a young water boy accidentally stumbled on a stone that turned out to be the top of a flight of steps cut into the bedrock that Carter partially excavated until the top of a mud-plastered doorway was found. He immediately sent a telegram to the Earl of Carnarvon, who arrived two-and-a-half weeks later in November 1922.
Apparently on the 26th November, Carter (in the presence of the Earl, his daughter, Evelyn, and officials) made a tiny breach at a top corner of the mud-plastered doorway and he peered in.
The British Museum has recorded that the Earl of Carnarvon recounted his conversation with Howard Carter at that time, as follows:
Carnarvon asked Carter, “Can you see anything?” Carter replied with the famous words: “Yes, wonderful things!”
How delightful understated. And what an incredible discovery.
Tomorrow also marks another significant historical occasion – the 414th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes night, which once was marked with fireworks here in Oz when I was a child but seems to now be confined to the UK.
Nevertheless, one still recalls:
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!”
Also, as tomorrow is the first Tuesday in November, it is the running of “The Melbourne Cup”, which is often called “the race that stops a nation”.
Mark Twain attended the Melbourne Cup in 1895 when just a few weeks shy of his 60th birthday. Of this annual day in Australia, he wrote:
“I can call to mind no specialised annual day, in any country, which can be named by that large name—Supreme. I can call to mind no specialized annual day, in any country, whose approach fires the whole land with a conflagration of conversation and preparation and anticipation and jubilation. No day save this one; but this one does it.”
Best wishes for a wonderful day to you and all who read this blog.
PS Congratulations to South Africa on winning the Rugby World Cup and to Japan for so joyously hosting what was a wonderful tournament.
Love Love Love this entry – love the care you take regarding family history! I’m like a kid at Xmas waiting for delivery or your Christmas book – can’t wait to try the recipes. I purchased it as my birthday gift! Take care….
Such fun reading this blog and knowing the back story from your excellent book about the 5th Earl’s wife. THANK YOU!
I had thought about writing bout the 5th Earl – then decided to focus on Almina but I am now going to switch back to the 5th Earl – an amazing couple
I read your family history that included this era. It was fascinating!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for clearing up that the 5th Earl was your husbands Great Grandfather. I have wondered if it was his Grandfather.
After visiting Highclere and reading your book about the 5th Earl. I wish so much I would have known about the 5th Earl when viewing the King Tut exhibit years ago
I live in San Jose, CA and we do indeed have the Rosicrucian Museum here. As I am a teacher here in San Jose, I have been dozens of times. I also went to the tour of Tut’s artifacts when they came here in 1977 for the 55th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb, first in Seattle and then in San Francisco. Originally the tour was not scheduled to come to SF because the city had a black market mummy in one of their collections. The mummy was returned and the tour was on. I have a minor in archaeology and anthropology with a specialty in Mesoamerican Archaeology. I have watched many programs about the Egyptian collection at Highclere. I guess I will just have to come and see it.
All my best, Gayle Kludt
Here is the link to the Egyptian Museum here in San Jose. It has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the western hemisphere including a full sizes replica of Tut’s burial chamber. My classes loved it!
Lady Carnarvon, thank you again for your wonderful Monday morning blog. I love reading them.
I’m so looking forward to receiving your Christmas book! And I received the December issue of the English Home magazine in the mail and I am so excited to see there is an article about Highclere Castle! Can’t wait to read the article today while I have my cup of hot tea at 4:00 p.m.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
Thank you for the interesting post. In 1969, in Chicago, I was able to see the King Tut exhibit and I was just amazed by it. It was wonderful. It’s something you never forget. I didn’t realize until recent years, however, the connections to Highclere and Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Carter. Would love to see the Egyptian treasures in your exhibit at Highclere to help me complete the King Tut story and hope to be able to visit one day.
This was wonderfully described in your book about Almina! What a thrilling story it is. Thank you.
Dear Lady Carnavon,
I am an art history professor in Montreal and year after year, I told that beautiful and extraordinary story – the friendship between Lord Carnavon and Howard Carter, the discovery of the tomb after so many years, the death of Lord Carnavon, etc. – the students were so amazed and wanted to know more and more.
Thanks for reminding us.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I never tire reading about King Tut’s discovery ! I was fascinated as a young child reading about Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon and now reading more sixty years later, thanks to Downton Abbey filmed at Highclere. Such wonderful books written and your personal comments and books still holding my interest!
Thank You so much! Perhaps someday I’ll visit Highclere!
I hope so too!
Great and interesting post. Unforgettable Kings Valley in Egipt and I’m lucky when y visit the Tutankhamen tomb.
I hope visit the exhibition at the castle some day.
I also share a passion for ancient Egypt. I have a picture of Tut’s mummified great grandmother.
I also possess a book with the all of the items from the find. Plus pictures of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. It gives me great pleasure to have a connection with you and your husband. Thank you so much for sharing your stories with all.
Dear Lady Carnarvon, I enjoyed the history of the tomb and your family’s huge part of it. Simply fascinating and I didn’t want you to stop writing.
Thank you very much. Janet
MY DEAR LADY CARNARVON,
MY DEAR LADY CARNARVON,
ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK : I LOVE THE WHITE ONION SOUP… DO TELL ME PLEASE, WICH ARE THEIR FAVOURITE RECIPE IN THE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS ? ?
THE BACTERIUM OR FUNGUS THAT LED TO LORD CARNARVON’S DEATH FROM SEPTICEMIA WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE BEARD RAZOR HE TOOK FROM HIS HOME TO CAIRO. HIGHCLERE WAS DURING WW1 HOSPITAL RESIDENCE OF SOLDIERS WHO WERE, ON THE BATTLEFIELDS.
I ALWAYS DREAMED OF KNOWING AS A CHILD WHERE CARNARVON CASTLE WAS AND MEETING THE LORD’S FAMILY AND NOW I REALIZED THIS BEAUTIFUL DREAM MORE.
THANK YOU MILADY.
RIO CLARO -SP
Thank you ! So many of the different recipes in the Christmas book (there are about 100) are all my favourites – they are about memories as well as being delicious.
I had the privilege several years ago, to tour the King Tut traveling exhibit while it was in the States. It was truly amazing.
I always enjoy your blogs and look forward to reading about your life.
Another fascinating read M’Lady. We were lucky enough to see the collection when we visited your wonderful home.
So much history- thanks for sharing.
Oh my Gosh! I just love the way you write! I am saving up money to visit the U.K. in 2020! My “bucket list” vacation. ❤
You must come here!
I was away from my laptop being in Athens for the Real Marathon and missed reading your fascinating blog about King Tut and Highclere’s connection. I knew from being at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt that your exhibit so wonderfully reproduces the tomb of King Tut. I so enjoyed seeing it when I visited Highclere some years ago and I so enjoyed reading this that you wrote as well. Thank you so much.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
After a delightful tour of Highclere Castle on September 15th in which you addressed us from the lovely stairway, myself and my two friends basked in the sun outside and had a delicious lunch. We were visiting from the United States. Undoubtedly, our trip to Highclere Castle was the highlight of our vacation!
I have always been drawn to the archaeological search in the Valley of the Kings by Howard Carter and the Fifth Lord Canarvon. A big thank you to your family for funding this and having the persistence to continue in 1922. The “Treasures of Tutankhamen” blockbuster tour in the United States was the hottest ticket to get in the fall of 1976 and my mother secured them for our family. As an impressionable 16 year old, I will never forget my visit to view the treasures at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art. One of my favorite poems is the one found on the Tutankhamen wishing cup and engraved on Howard Carter’s tombstone:
“May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness.”
I just finished going through my mother’s library and found Howard Carter’s “The Tomb of Tutankhamen” which was purchased at the exhibition and I am avidly reading it again. I am traveling to London again in December and will immediately go to the Saatchi Gallery. Thank you so much for letting me know and I look forward to more of your blog entries!
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Your book about Lady Almina was absolutely fascinating! I actually read it all in one sitting! In your book about the 5 Countess, you wrote how she threw a dinner party in the middle of the desert when they were searching for the tomb. One of my hobbies is recreating famous dinner parties from history. After reading this segment of your book, and speaking with my chef, we would love to recreate this dinner party. Do you by chance have any more detail or record to what was served at this party or what was on the menu?
Celebration, Florida USA
Not yet – but I may find some clues- the 5th Earl is my next book
Thank you! I will be looking forward to reading it! It was the dinner party she threw in the Karnak Temple . I apologize I was a bit off with my description.
Thank you again
Thanks to reading your article I am rereading the pdf of “Five Years’ Explorations at Thebes: A Record of Work Done 1907-1911” book by Francis Llewellyn Griffith and Howard Carter which is freely available on the Internet Archive.
The text details discoveries in Der el Bahari area spanning from the 11th Dynasty through the Saite period of which the early New Kingdom findings flanking Hatshepsut’s reign especially pique my interest. A fascinating read.
Thank you for helping to keep these revelations alive. I might never visit Highclere in person but I will be tracking down your own books.
Wow, I found an online copy of “Five years’ explorations at Thebes” which links to the plates and the photos are big and clear! It is so much easier to follow and go back and forth from text to photos than the pdf.
Lord Carnarvon was an amazing photographer – this is such a legacy for us! We have the book and plates here
Hello! My 6th Grade history students are learning about Ancient Egypt and King Tut’s tomb. We were having a debate about the supposed curse. My students wanted to know how old was Lord Carnarvon’s dog when it suddenly died? Thank you!
Very good question I am not sure w but I will find out. My next book is about the 5th Earl and I hope to create some associated books for schools etc.