Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Egyptomania

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Our Project

Our project focuses on how the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb may have influenced how and what was being advertised in British newspapers during the period of renewed interest in the culture of Ancient Egypt. The time period being studied is 1900-1939 in order to assess the influence of the tomb’s discovery. 

Our Objectives

  1. How did the archeological discoveries of Ancient Egyptian tombs and other notable historical events influence the society/culture in the United Kingdom during the early to mid-20th century?
  2. How did this reflect in newspaper advertisements published between 1900-1939?

Requirements & Scope

We will be following the following criteria: 

  • Group consensus on search parameters (in Advanced Search)
  • Group consensus on what constitutes Ancient Egypt-related content for ads 
  • Group consensus on DSL cleaning configuration
  • Standardized file naming convention 
  • User-friendly design

We will NOT be including:

  • Non-English articles
  • Newspapers published outside of the U.K.

Navigating the Exhibit

Clicking on the links listed on the right-hand side of this page will take you through the various different aspects of our project:

The "Home" page is a little introduction to the theme of Egyptomania, as well as some cool examples of it in real life!

The "About" page provides brief descriptions of our very own team members, the weekly worklogs we kept to record our progress and workflow, a look into the Project One Pager and Project Charter we referenced throughout, and a video presentation of our project.  

The "METHODOLOGY" page covers the basic guidelines we used during the data curation, text cleaning, and analysis processes. 

The "PRIMARY SOURCES" page is where you will find a partial compilation of the advertisements. This is organized by decade (from the 1900-1939 time frame) and each is comprised of 5-10 of the most representative pieces we collected. Metadata and cleaned transcriptions are available for easy access and viewing.  

And finally, DATA VISUALIZATIONS is a collection of all the analysis tools we used to make sense of all the raw data. There is a total of 5 different tools: TimelineJS, Word Cloud, and Mandala from Voyant, as well as Sentiment Analysis and Document Clustering, from the Gale Digital Scholar Lab.   

Happy exploring! 

Lindsley Foote Hall Diaries

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A draftsman working in Egypt during 8 seasons, he was 'loaned' to the Carter/Carnarvon team by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to help record the tomb when it was discovered in 1922.

The Howard Carter Collection

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The Howard Carter Collection

This exhibit contains a rare collection of personal letters and documents from Howard Carter’s career in Egypt dating from 1902-1932. This exhibit is a curated selection of primary source material from Carter's time in Egypt, including previously unpublished diary excerpts and personal letters written by fellow Nile travelers, artists, and archaeologists. Additional information about these collections can be found on each exhibit page.

Navigating this Exhibit.

Users may browse gallery items by clicking the image thumbnails, or the “collection highlights” links, which will bring you to an item’s page. Each item page displays the image(s) of the selected document, the transcribed text, item metadata, as well as a shadowbox viewer. Clicking “next item” or “previous item” at the bottom of the page will move you through the gallery. 

For more information on how to use the website click here!

The Pharaoh's Curse and King Tutankhamun

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An investigation into the representation of the so-called Pharaoh's Curse in relation to the discovery of King Tut's tomb in English-language newspapers from 1910-1949.

The Times of London

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In 1923, following the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, the world was in a flurry of curiosity and every newspaper seems to have wanted to know what was happening in Luxor. However, on January 10, 1923, The Times announced their exclusive deal with Lord Carnarvon:

"We are able to announce that Lord Carnarvon, with the cordial concurrence of Mr. Howard Carter, has entered into an exclusive agreement with The Times for the distribution throughout the Press of the world of all news and photographs of his discoveries in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Both Lord Carnarvon, since his return to London, and Mr. Howard Carter, at Luxor, have found it an impossible task to supply the Press individually with news and illustrations of their discoveries. Accordingly they have agreed for the future to employ a single agency for this purpose.

(From "The Tomb of the King", Wednesday, January 10, 1923)

This deal meant that the Times was the major disseminator of information pertaining to the discovery and excavation of the tomb. While the men involved in the exacvation repeatedly reported in the Times that they had no objection to the arrangement, the Times' responses to "rumours" and "outbursts" included here shows that it was not always easily accepted, particualrly by the Egyptian government after Lord Carnarvon's death. 

Navigating this Exhibit

On the right hand side of this page in a small menu of major events covered by the Times.

Please view The Times Exclusive Agreement for the 26 articles concerning the Times' coverage of the event, which was one of the first major exclusive news deals. 

Carter's Dispute with the Egyptian Government contains 19 letters and articles describing the 1924 legal dispute between Howard Carter and the Egyptian Antiquites department.