It’s the year 2022, which marks two milestones in modern Egyptology. Not only is it the 200th anniversary of the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone, which unlocked our understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, but it’s also the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
It was a century ago when Egyptologist Howard Carter unburied Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, reigniting a global interest in Ancient Egypt. To celebrate the centennial, the Egyptian government has been setting the stage since 2019, when over 150 objects from the pharaoh’s tomb were sent on one final world tour. The special ‘Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ exhibition appeared in prestigious museums worldwide before returning to its permanent home at the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2022.
This year Luxor will host a global conference – titled ‘Transcending Eternity: The Centennial Tutankhamun’ – with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) from November 4th to November 7th.
On November 4th, the ARCE will guide people through the re-opening of Howard Carter’s house, which they’ve been looking to conserve for years. The Carter House is currently under the care of the ARCE’S Structural Conservation team to make it presentable to visitors, and accessible enough for children to explore. Later that day, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities will host and speak at an exclusive dinner at the Luxor Temple in partnership with the ARCE. The dinner guest list includes government officials, Egyptologists, media representatives, investors, artists, and VIP invitees.
The conference has an expert lineup of speakers, including famed Egyptologist and previous Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, as well as Lord George Carnarvon and Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the descendants of Lord George Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon, who funded Howard Carter’s historic excavation.