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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology




South Lecture Room


This exhibition explored the pioneering images taken during the 1920s excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb, by British photographer Harry Burton.


Photography was essential to archaeology, but Burton’s photography did much more than simply record information about the tomb and its treasures. By looking at the different kinds of photographs Burton made, and how they were used, this exhibition places the Tutankhamun discovery in its historical context – and asks whether photographs influence the way we think about ancient and modern Egypt alike.


The exhibition was curated by Dr Christina Riggs from the University of East Anglia, with support from the British Academy, the University of East Anglia, and the Griffith Institute at Oxford University.


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