The Discovery of King Tutankhamun in Full Colour

A news story this week on the BBC website showed a number of black and white photographs from the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, which took place in November 1922

They are part of a new exhibition at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, called Tutankhamen: Excavating the Archives, to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery led by Howard Carter.


Photographer Harry Burton took the pictures, and the exhibition also includes original letters, plans, drawings and diary entries. Reading the story and looking at the pictures led me to the work of Dynamichrome, who colourised many of original black and white photographs taken by Burton for an exhibition back in 2015:

https://dynamichrome.com/casestudies/harry-burtons-tutankhamun


As time goes by, as pictures and websites often disappear or get lost in the ever expanding internet archive, I wanted to put together this photo special, showing the amazing colourised photographs from the discovery of the boy king. Many are from the Dynamichrome archive, some were done privately, some colourised using AI and one was colourised manually by me, as I wanted to add a little something to the subject 100 years on.


So in this video, we’re going back 100 years to what is arguably the great archaeological discovery of all time, to see how Howard Carter and the local Egyptian people discovered and excavated the tomb of the 18th dynasty king, Tutankhamen - and in full colour to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamen.


All images are taken from Google Images and the sources mentioned for educational purposes only. 

Matt Sibson
Ancient Architects