Item TAA i.2.21 - Howard Carter's diary for 1922

Cover of Howard Carter's 1922 appointment diary containing the first mention of Tutankhamun's tomb.

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TAA i.2.21


Howard Carter's diary for 1922


  • 1922 (Creation)

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1 diary

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British Egyptologist. Born, London 1874. Died, London 1939. Privately educated. Employed by P. E. Newberry in 1891 working for the Archaeological Survey. Assisted in excavations for the Egypt Exploration Fund 1892-3, was with Petrie at Amarna in 1892, and as a draughtsman to the Deir el-Bahri expedition 1893-9. Appointed Chief Inspector of Antiquities of Upper Egypt 1899-1904. Discovered several royal tombs, including those of Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis IV and Amenophis I. Inspector of Lower Egypt 1905. Employed by Lord Carnarvon from 1909 onwards, to excavate in the Theban necropolis, the Delta and Middle Egypt. His most famous discovery, that of the intact tomb of Tutankhamun, was made in 1922. He spent the next ten years recording the tomb's contents. Most of Carter's records for Tutankhamun's tomb remain unpublished.

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Formerly in the possession of Howard Carter's niece Miss Phyllis Walker.

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Presented by Miss Phyllis Walker in 1945.

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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."

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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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  • 19.7 x 12 x 1.7 cm
  • Letts's - No. 46 - Indian and Colonial - Rough Diary - 1922

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Archived scans in Griffith Institute.

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  • Formerly catalogued as, and forming part of, Tutankhamun MSS 1

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