Item Carter MSS i.F.131-132 - Thebes. Valley of the Kings. Carnarvon excavations: Gardiner's transcription of lion-hunt ostracon

Carter MSS i.F.131-132

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Carter MSS i.F.131-132


Thebes. Valley of the Kings. Carnarvon excavations: Gardiner's transcription of lion-hunt ostracon


  • 09 July 1923 (Creation)

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British Egyptologist. Born, Eltham 1879. Died, Oxford 1963. Educated at Charterhouse, then studied Classics, Hebrew and Arabic at The Queen's College, Oxford. Worked with A. Erman on the preparation of material for the Wörterbuch der ägyptischen Sprache and was sub-editor 1906-8. Laycock Studentship, Worcester College, Oxford, 1906-12. Edited many Egyptological publications, including the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. Published extensively in the field of Egyptology. Honorary Secretary of the Egypt Exploration Society, 1917-20, Vice President and then President, 1959-63. He was awarded many distinctions during his career. Specialized in hieratic texts on papyri and ostraca. Gardiner published the 1st edition of his Egyptian Grammar in 1927, which is still one of the essential learning aids for Middle Egyptian. Gardiner was also a member of the Tutankhamun excavation team, recording inscriptions from objects found in the tomb during the first few seasons.

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This material was sent to the Griffith Institute by Mr Walter Hauser from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1955.

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Letter from Alan H. Gardiner to Howard Carter, 9 July 1923, with Gardiner's transcription and translation for the lion-hunt ostracon, found during Carnarvon excavations in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes. The ostracon was found in 1920, near the, yet to be discovered, entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun, KV 62, is now in New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 26.7.1453.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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  • Originally erroneously catalogued as 'with Howard Carter's transcription of it'.

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