- Diary kept by the wife of the Egyptologist and photographer Harry Burton,
- ink on paper
A first-hand account of the most famous archaeological excavation of all time. Minnie Burton was the wife of Harry Burton, the photographer for the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum who spent eight years recording the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamen. He was accompanied by his wife, whose diary records both the excitement of amazing moments of discovery and drama - from her first sight of the tomb to the death of Lord Carnarvon - but also the daily life at Luxor of those involved in the diggings. Minnie Burton records comings and goings at the magnificent Metropolitan Museum Expedition House in the Asasif at Luxor, both among the Egyptologists and also those - from Lord Allenby, the High Commissioner for Egypt, to The Queen of the Belgians and various American millionaires - who visited the site. Howard Carter himself is a strong presence in the diary, from his telegram announcing the "Discovery beyond the dreams of avarice", to his loan of a donkey to give Mrs Burton an early view of the tomb, to an argument ("...He was very rude...", 21 February 1923), to his delivery of the gold inner coffin and mask to the Egyptian authorities at the end of 1924.