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London Study Day and AGM: Howard Carter and His Circle

Event Info

Host: EES
Type: Education - Lecture

Time and Place

Start Time: Saturday, 7th October 2017, 9:00 am
End Time: Saturday, 7th October 2017, 7:00 pm
Location: Institute of Child Health, University College London
Street: 30 Guilford Street
City/Town: London WC1N 1EH
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Contact Details

Email: contact@ees.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7242 1880


To the list of discoveries made by the Egypt Exploration Society over its 135 year history must be added Howard Carter. Though just a young boy when he was first given the opportunity to work in Egypt for the Society's Archaeological Survey expedition to Beni Hassan in 1890, he quickly proved his talents as a pioneering artist and epigrapher. Carter went on to work across several sites and with many innovative archaeologists before famously discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. This study day considers Carter and his wider circle of contacts - Who helped him achieve the unimaginable? Who did he meet on his way there? And who remained his closest allies throughout the search for Egypt's greatest discovery?


09:30 - Doors open for registration

10:00-11:00 - 4 flash-talks
Hidden Histories: The EES, British Women and Tutankhamun Era Egyptology, by Clare Lewis
Percy Newberry and Howard Carter: The birds and the bees, by Melissa Downing
Howard Carter and his early work for the Fund, by Dr Brigitte Balanda
'The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun': Recreating Harry Burton's photographs, challenges then and now, by Dr Margaret Mountford

11:00-11:30 - Refreshments

11:30-12:30 - Harry Burton, Howard Carter, and the role of photography in Egyptian archaeology, by Dr Christina Riggs
Egyptologists tend to refer to Harry Burton as an 'archaeological photographer', but at the time he and Howard Carter lived and worked, no such job title existed. What role did photography play in archaeology, and what does that tell us about the priorities, values, and working methods of fieldwork in early 20th-century Egypt? Arguably, archaeology - like many other sciences in the late 19th century - developed as it did because of photography. To understand the interlinked histories of archaeology and photography, we need to think more broadly and more critically about technologies of image-making in the field.

12:30-13:30 - Lunch (please make your own arrangements)

13:30-14:30 - "Wonderful things": Howard Carter's Archive in the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, by Liam McNamara

14:30-15:00 - Refreshments

15:00-17:00 - Annual General Meeting (voting members only)

17:00-19:00 - Reception

Event Cost (Members) £28.00 tickets
Event Cost (Non-members) £33.00 tickets
Event Cost (Student Members) £19.00 tickets
Event Cost (Student Non-members) £23.00 tickets

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