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Oliver Robert Gurney Collection

  • Gurney MSS
  • Sammlung
  • 1940s-1990s

Correspondence and notes relating to the geography of the Hittite Empire, Babylonian music, decipherment, and various other topics.

Gurney, Oliver Robert

Royal genealogy. Late 18th Dynasty: 'Heretic Family' (Amarna Period)

Howard Carter's manuscript and typescript records on the 'Heretic Family' (Amarna period kings), part of Carter's records on the royal genealogy of the late 18th Dynasty. This group includes:

  • Typewritten genealogical table (folding) for Amenophis III (Amenhotep III), Amenophis IV (Amenhotep IV; Akhenaton; Ikhnaton), Smenkhkare, and Tutankhamun. Accompanied by 5 typewritten pages of accompanying notes, incorporating the comments of Dr Douglas Derry and Carter
  • Typewritten table with dates of accession and death for 18th Dynasty kings, excluding Neferneferuaten and Haremhab (Horemheb). - Accompanied by several pages of manuscript notes on regnal years, relevant bibliography, and miscellaneous notes
  • Letter to Carter from H. E. Winlock, dated 20-12-1925, regarding a discussion on Tutankhamun's parentage
  • Notes on dated monuments of Amenophis IV (Amenhotep IV; Akhenaton; Ikhnaton)
  • Letter to Carter from P. E. Newberry, dated 20-12-1931, responding to Carter's enquiry whether Amenophis III (Amenhotep III) had a son named Thutmose, off-print enclosed of Newberry, Percy E. 1928. 'The sons of Tuthmosis IV'. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 14 (1/2), pp. 82-85 figs pl. xii (OEB 146401).

Weight of Shepses and a scarab of Amenophis III: notes with drawings

Howard Carter's manuscript notes with sketches.

  • Transcriptions of royal attributes for Ramesses IV, from his tomb, KV 2, Valley of the Kings, Thebes.
  • Weight of Shepses, stone, Old Kingdom, from Edfu, bought by Carter in Cairo. [see TopBib v.205A]
  • Lion-hunt scarab of Amenophis III, blue glazed steatite, found during excavations in Luxor temple in 1917 and purchased by Carter "for C.". A very similar scarab, or the same one, in Cairo, Egyptian Museum, JE 74392.

Thebes. Birabi. Asasif. Carnarvon-Carter excavations. Site 14. Ptolemaic Vaulted Tombs: statue base, photograph

Howard Carter's photograph, statue base with feet of standing statue, inscription with cartouches on front of base, faience, New Kingdom, found during excavation of Ptolemaic Vaulted Tombs (over Valley Temple of Hatshepsut), Site 14, Carnarvon-Carter excavations, Asasif, Thebes.

Thebes. Birabi. Asasif. Carnarvon-Carter excavations. Site 14. Ptolemaic Vaulted Tombs: stela, photograph

Howard Carter's photograph, stela of Akhamenerau, Servant of Amun, Chamberlain, son of Paheri, before Osiris and four sons of Horus, probably 26th Dynasty, now in Cairo, Egyptian Museum, JE 44268, Ptolemaic Vaulted Tombs (over Valley Temple of Hatshepsut), Site 14, Carnarvon-Carter excavations, Asasif, Thebes.

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

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.

Gardiner, (Sir) Alan Henderson

Thebes. Valley of the Kings. Carnarvon excavations: photograph lion-hunt ostracon, verso

Howard Carter's photograph of the text on verso of 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.

Howard Carter Collection

  • Carter MSS
  • Sammlung
  • 1899-1939

Notebooks, loose notes, maps, plans, drawings, newspaper cuttings, watercolours, and a silver desk-set. The documentation was created during Carter's career between 1899-1939. This material excludes material connected with the tomb of Tutankhamun, see the Tutankhamun Archive.

Carter, Howard

Tutankhamun excavation: Howard Carter's lantern slides

Howard Carter's lantern slides featuring Harry Burton's photographs taken during the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb.

  • A twelve-drawered wood chest containing over 600 glass lantern slides
  • Belonging to Howard Carter.
  • The lantern slides were made from Harry Burton's images.
  • Used by Carter in his lectures.

Burton, Harry

Tutankhamun excavation: Burton negatives - small glass plate

Harry Burton's small glass plate negatives

Howard Carter's negatives

Later film negatives, made from original Burton photographs

  • Some are original Harry Burton negatives.
  • Carter's negatives are views of the area around the tomb entrance and the outer sealed doorway when the tomb was found in 1922 and before Burton joined the Tutankhamun excavation team in December 1922.
  • Glass and film negatives.
  • Approximately 1000 negatives (400 glass and 600 film)
  • Number ranges 1-2024 and i-xcvii
  • The negative number ranges comprise both the small and large negatives (large, see TAA i.5)
  • A few original negatives in this series were created by Howard Carter, see above.
  • Many of the negatives were made later in the Ashmolean Museum photographic studio from photographs supplied by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, following an exchange of images in the 1950s.
  • Includes modern film negatives made in the Ashmolean Museum photographic studio from the original Harry Burton photographic prints in the Tutankhamun Archive, Griffith Institute.

Tutankhamun excavation: Howard Carter drawings of objects found on Tutankhamun's body

Howard Carter's "autopsy" drawings, recording objects in situ on Tutankhamun's body and within the body wrappings.

  • 18 annotated pencil drawings of groups of objects found in the body wrappings and on the body of Tutankhamun, recorded during the autopsy of the King's body, 11-19 November 1925
  • All by Howard Carter

Carter, Howard

Tutankhamun excavation: Burton negatives - large glass plate

Harry Burton's large glass plate negatives.

  • Taken by Harry Burton during the excavation, clearance and recording of Tutankhamun's tomb
  • Approximately 860 negatives
  • Number ranges 1-2024 and i-xcvii
  • The negative number ranges comprise both the small and large negatives (small, see TAA i.6)

Burton, Harry

Tutankhamun excavation: ten photograph albums

Ten albums containing original photographic prints made by Harry Burton [TAA i.6.1-10].

  • Arranged by chamber and by object type
  • Annotated headings and negative numbers, probably by Harry Burton or his wife Minnie B.
  • Howard Carter's set of albums

Originally belonging to Howard Carter.

Burton, Harry

Seal impressions: Tutankhamun excavation documentation - Carter's notes for planned publication

Seal impressions. Howard Carter's collected notes for the intended scientific publication of Tutankhamun's tomb.

  • i. Letters from James Henry Breasted to Howard Carter, 1923, on an article in Harpers Magazine, and Tutankhamun's seal impressions.
  • ii. James Henry Breasted's manuscript report on the eight types of seal impression found in Tutankhamun's tomb and 2 letters from Breasted to Carter dated 03-01-1923 and 15-02-1923.
  • iii, iv. Two folders marked "Seals A-H" and "Seals I-S", Carter's annotated typewritten reports with his draft and finished pencil drawings of each type of seal impression, with some manuscript and a few typewritten notes.
  • v. One record card with notes on seals, extracted from a letter from Breasted, dated 16-03-1923, copied by A. C. Mace.
  • Later typed note, dated 1960, with A. H. Gardiner's translation for Seal C.
  • Annotated photograph (Burton (sic) P0274b), almost certainly taken by Carter, of the outermost doorway showing the blocking intact with seals.

Breasted, James Henry

Chariots: Tutankhamun excavation documentation - Carter's notes for planned publication

Chariots. Howard Carter's collected notes for the intended scientific publication of Tutankhamun's tomb.

  • Includes Carter's drawings with reconstructions of the chariots and harnesses, comparisons with chariots from other tombs and depictions of chariots from temple and tomb wall scenes.
  • An essay on Tutankhamun's chariots (TAA i.3.8.10-17), based on Howard Carter's notes, probably edited by Mrs Jane Waley in 1946-1947. Mrs Waley worked for the Griffith Institute and created the first catalogue for the Tutankhamun records.

Carter, Howard

Canopic equipment: Tutankhamun excavation documentation - Carter's notes for planned publication

Canopic equipment. Howard Carter's collected notes for the intended scientific publication of Tutankhamun's tomb.

  • Carter's eight annotated typewritten pages with a description of the equipment and two scale drawings:
    • Carter's typewritten report on the canopic equipment;
    • Carter's typescript notes on the miniature gold coffin from the north-east receptacle;
    • Carter's drawing, the canopic canopy (266), shrine (266a), and chest (266b), plan with orientation, position of the goddess statues, scenes on shrine noting goddesses and genii, etc.;
    • Carter's drawing, section showing the canopic canopy (266), shrine (266a), and chest (266b).

Carter, Howard

Tutankhamun excavation records: Howard Carter's diary for 1922

Howard Carter's appointment diary for 1922

  • Letts's - No. 46 - Indian and Colonial - Rough Diary - 1922
  • Carter's activities in Egypt include departures and arrivals, lunch appointments, meetings with officials and colleagues, and his excavations
  • Contains the first records on the tomb of Tutankhamun and its discovery
  • Significant dates include:
    • 4th November 1922: "First steps of tomb found"
    • 5th November 1922: "Discovered tomb under tomb of Ramses VI Investigated same & found seals intact."
    • 26th November 1922: "Open second doorway about 2 4 5 pm. Advised Engelbach."

Carter, Howard

Tutankhamun excavation journal: 1922-1925 (1st to 3rd seasons)

Tutankhamun excavation journal 1922-1925, and miscellaneous notes

  • 148 numbered pages
  • Manuscript entries, with some drawings and pages with affixed newspaper cuttings

Howard Carter's excavation journal for the tomb of Tutankhamun, 1922-1925, covering the first-third seasons

  • Most entries are by Carter
  • Entries between December 5th and 27th, 1922 (pages 43 to 47) are by Arthur Mace

Also, Carter's miscellaneous notes on Tutankhamun and other subjects:

  • Notes on Synopsis
  • The Legend of Osiris
  • Nomenclature of certain Districts of the Theban Necropolis
  • Records of Royal Tomb Robberies
  • The First Theban Kingdom
  • Protocol of Tut-Ankh-Amen

Newspaper cuttings

  • The Times
    • 31 May 1923
    • 23 July 1923
    • 24 July 1923
    • 5 January 1924
    • 7 January 1924
    • 12 February 1924
    • 14 February 1924

Carter, Howard

Tutankhamun excavation: object cards - compiled by Howard Carter and others

Tutankhamun object cards with accompanying photographs, notes (some group notes listed below) and letters, compiled by Howard Carter and other members of the excavation team [TAA i.1.1-620]

  • Most cards are manuscript records, as well as many original typescript records
  • Many cards are illustrated with drawings of objects, or details of objects, by Howard Carter and A. C. Mace

    The object cards record:

    • Object number, main description of the object, location in the tomb, measurements, description of the object - Howard Carter and A. C. Mace (1922-1925)
    • Hieroglyphic inscriptions, transcriptions and translations - Mostly Alan H. Gardiner and P. E. Newberry, but some inscriptions are transcribed by Carter
    • Conservation records - Alfred Lucas and A. C. Mace (1922-1925)
    • Botanical and textile notes - P. E. Newberry
    • Photographic documentation - Harry Burton

    Other groups of notes filed with the object cards include:

    • Notes on the [ancient] robberies, by Howard Carter, Alfred Lucas and Lord Carnarvon
    • Notes on various aspects of the Annexe by Howard Carter (1-4, 10-43, 47-64), Alfred Lucas (5-9, 44-6) and A. H. Gardiner (41)
    • Notes and memoranda on various aspects of the tomb by Alfred Lucas
    • Notes on the contents of baskets by Howard Carter
    • Note on a wooden docket by A. H. Gardiner
    • Two letters from Howard Carter to A. H. Gardiner

Tutankhamun Archive

  • TAA
  • Sammlung
  • 1922-2014

Notebooks, negatives, photographs, maps, and drawings made during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. For other material, refer to the catalogue.

Carter, Howard

Deir el-Bahari, Great Temple of Hatshepsut, Chapel of Amun, Sanctuary, Side-room XII, West Wall, Hatshepsut carrying a staff and a mace

Hatshepsut carrying a staff and a mace, detail of a scene depicting Hatshepsut presenting offerings to Hathor and Tjenenet, on the West Wall of Side-room XII of the Sanctuary in the Great Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari:
-pencil drawing
-mounted
-25 x 34.9 cm
-[on recto of drawing] 'Amenenthä. Assasief. 27th July 1843.' (pencil note)
-[on mount] '21' (pencil note)

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