Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century

Hachette Audio. Feb. 2022. 11:14 hrs. ISBN 9781549166303. $14.95. HIST
Arguably, the most famous pharaoh of Egypt was Tutankhamun, whose undisturbed burial chamber was discovered in 1922. Leading Egyptologist Riggs (Ancient Egyptian Magic) here gives the geographical, political, and social context for the discovery, excavation, and relocation of the Tutankhamun artifacts. For instance, she details the worldwide “King Tut” sensation that was sparked in the 1960s by touring exhibitions of the tomb’s relics. She also discusses colonialism; international relations; tourism; Black heritage; displacement of local populations; terrorism; use of new archaeological technologies; and replica sites.
VERDICT Riggs weaves the King Tut history with international events to provide necessary context. Mary Jane Wells reads this highly recommended audiobook with flawless pacing and presentation and has a charming accent that is easy to listen to.
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