Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation is ambitious in its scope but simple in its aims: to make the complete records of Howard Carter's excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun available on these web pages. It is astonishing, but no longer acceptable, that some eighty years and thousands of articles, hundreds of books, and dozens of exhibitions after the discovery of the tomb, this most famous event in the history of Egyptian archaeology has not yet been fully published.
This site is an on-going project to publish online all of the records of the Griffith Institute Archive concerning Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. The site holds a truly incredible number of items, from 5000-plus images and transcriptions of the original cards that indexed the finds, to diaries, maps, and eyewitness accounts of the discovery. The artifacts and note cards can be browsed, or there is a search tool available. The original photographs from the excavation are also online and searchable. Additional features include short bios of Tutankhamun and Howard Carter and a list of publications related to the find that are available through the Griffith Institute. This site would definitely be useful to an anthropologist or an historian of ancient Egypt, but the maps, diaries and accounts could also lend themselves to a very interesting study of the practice and philosophy of archeology, and the history of Carter and other early-Twentieth-Century scientists like him.