Millionaire and the Mummies Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings
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Description: The biography of Theodore Davis, rich American robber baron and famous early twentieth-century discoverer of eighteen tombs in Egypt's Valley of the KingsEgypt, The Valley of the Kings, 1905: An American robber baron peers through the hole he has cut in an ancient tomb wall and discovers the richest trove of golden treasure ever seen in Egypt. At the start of the twentieth century Theodore Davis was the most famous name in archaeology in the world; his career turned tomb-robbing and treasure-hunting into a science.Using six of Davis's most important discoveries - from the female Pharaoh Hatshepsuts' sarcophagus to the exquisite shawbti statuettes looted from the Egyptian Museum on January 29th, 2011 - as a lens through which to focus his quintessentially American rags-to-riches tale, Adams chronicles the dizzying rise of a poor country preacher's son who, through corruption and fraud, amassed tremendous wealth in Gilded-Age New York and then atoned for his ruthless career by inventing new standards for systematic excavation. Davis found a record eighteen tombs in the Valley and, breaking with custom, gave all the spoils of his discoveries to museums. A confederate of Boss Tweed, friend of Teddy Roosevelt and rival of J. P. Morgan, the colorful "American Lord Carnarvon' shared his Newport mansion with his Rembrandts, his wife and his mistress. Drawing on rare and never before published archival material, the first biography of Davis ever written rehabilitates a tarnished image through a thrilling tale of crime, adventure, and history.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/25/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|A Note on Names|
|Tombs in the Valley of the Kings Discovered or Cleared|
|Thuyu's Golden Coffin|
|Rekhmire's Bronze Bowl|
|Hatshepsut's Quartzite Sarcophagus|
|Kiya's Alabaster Jar|
|Tawosret's Golden Earrings|
|Yuya's Vanished Shabtis|