The website demonstrates that the discovery of the tomb
of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in November 1922 was not accidental
but the result of a combination of a well-reasoned systematic search
and exceptional archaeological intuition. It is remarkable that Carter's
inclination was always to return to the area where the tomb was eventually
1. The transcript.
This is based on Carter's Notebook E. Its accuracy can be checked
by clicking on the 'Journal of Excavations' in the right top-corner
and comparing it with the scans of the original hand-written Notebooks.
The coments in italics have been added by us and are intended as a
help for the users of the website.
2. The photographs.
The photographs which can be connected with a specific excavation
season are listed, in a chronological order, under the heading of
the appropriate season (and, in some cases, there are also links to
these photographs in the transcipt). A list of the photographs which
are not dated is given at the end of the listing of the seasons.
The whole photographic documentation can be easily surveyed in the
Gallery of photographs in which all pictures are listed in the order
of the Griffith Institute numbers. The Gallery also contains links
to concordances of photographs based on Carter's numbering of these
photographs, as well as links to panoramic views and views showing
the progress of excavation.
3. The maps.
The Index of Maps lists all Carter's maps which were used in the compilation
of this database. In most cases, Carter wrote a map reference next
to the find number in his Notebook. In the transcript, this is linked
to the appropriate square of Carter's map where the find is underlined
Maps of the Valley of the Kings, based on B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss,
Topographical Bibliography, which show the areas where Howard
Carter worked during the 2nd to 5th seasons (and also the beginning
of the 6th, the Tutankhamun season), have been added by us. The current
area is indicated in red, while areas previously worked on are marked
Gregor Neunert and Jaromir Malek