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Recognizing Imperialist Narratives

This project has required us to confront the effects of foreign presence in Egypt during the early 20th century, as well as sometimes harmful or derogatory language within this collection. The Tut Talks team would like to acknowledge the Imperialist narratives that we have encountered in this project, and our hope is that these primary source materials can be used to educate and inspire others to restore the diversity of human experience within the historical record to the best of our collective ability.

While we cannot speak to the individual views of Howard Carter and his colleagues, The Tut Talks team recognizes the hundreds of Egyptian adult and child workers, without whom, the excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb would not have been possible. We would also like to acknowledge their descendants and the continual effects of Imperialism in Egypt through the present day, and are aware of the great loss of stories, modern and ancient, not represented in this collection of materials. We hope this collection can foster curiosity and respect for the knowledge of ancient civilizations and their modern descendants, and foster conversation around the often complicated patronage of archaeological artifacts.

The Tut Talks team