A hundred years ago, Howard Carter and his team of archaeologists unearthed the lost tomb of Tutankhamun and changed the world forever. Discover the mysteries of the tomb as well as the sweeping archaeological legacy of the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx, and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Learn more about Howard Carter, George Reisner, and the rise of Egyptology.

Bob Brier

George Reisner and the Dawn of Modern Egyptology

Peter Der Manuelian


"If you think you know everything about Tut, discard that idea. This is both a fun and informative read. I couldn't put it down!"

- Rita Freed, Chair Emerita, Art of Ancient

 Egypt, Nubia and the Near East, Museum of

Fine Arts, Boston

The story of the curse, the magic, and the thrill of the discovery is narrated beautifully in this book by Bob Brier."

- Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and co-author of Giza and the Pyramids


Drawing expertly on a staggering range of sources, Peter Der Manuelian brings George Reisner, his ideas, and his times compellingly to life."

- John Baines, University of Oxford

"The definitive biography of G.A. Reisner, who is generally regarded as one of the most important and influential Egyptologists and archaeologists of his day. The story flows with no punches pulled, revealing Reisner in intimate detail, warts and all."

- Eric Cline, author of 1177 B.C: The Year Civilization Collapsed

In the Media

from The Guardian: 100 years after the discovery of the tomb of the boy king, a previously unpublished letter backs up long-held suspicions about Howard Carter’s role in the disappearance of a number of artefacts from the excavation site.

from the OUP Blog: “Reisner viewed Carter with his impolite behavior as the bull destined to ruin the archaeological china shop for all the other expeditions. In 1922, the partage system, providing for a 50–50 division of finds between Cairo and an expedition’s home institution, was already ending; by 1927 foreign scholars feared they would be excluded entirely from the Service des Antiquités. The machinations around the “Tooten-Carter” tomb, as Reisner called it, spelled trouble for all concerned.”

from The OUP Blog: Listen to both Bob Brier and Peter Der Manuelian discuss Tutankhamun’s legacy, and the forces that have shaped the last century of Egyptology.

from World History Encyclopedia: “Word of the discovery spread throughout Luxor to the other teams that were excavating, and then throughout the world. Newspapers ran specu­lative articles about the king inside and what treasures the tomb might contain. At this point no one really knew, but one French newspaper, Le Pèlerin, ran an imaginative drawing of what the scene would be like when the wall was taken down and Carter and Carnarvon went inside.”

from Smithsonian Magazine: Popular lore has long suggested that the boy-king Tutankhamun was a frail, club-footed pharaoh. This assumption was the result of the CT scans of the mummy, but Bob Brier writes, if one looks at all of the current evidence from the tomb a different portrait of the kind emerges.

from Science News: "King Tuts tomb still has secrets to reveal 100 years after its discovery."

from the OUP Blog: Travel back in time to Ancient Egypt and explore the pyramids, royal statues, miniscule gold jewelry and more with this interactive map of Reisner and Carter's Egyptian discoveries.

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