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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collections and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

Traveling
Exhibitions

The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our international exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Traveling
Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current international loans program.

Conservation
Projects

The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other international collections, and advising on conservation projects and practices globally. See our international conservation program from 2009 to the present.

Excavations

The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.

Fellows

The Met hosts international students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's international work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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  • Outermost coffin of Tutankhamun showing a wreath that was placed on the forehead at the burial of the young pharaoh. Photograph by Harry Burton, 1925 (TAA 364).
  • Seal on the door of the innermost shrine that covered Tutankhamun's sarcophagus. Photograph by Harry Burton, 1924 (TAA 622).
  • The antechamber with numbers assigned to the objects. Photograph by Harry Burton, 1922–23 (TAA 18).
Thebes: The Graphic Section: Harry Burton's Photographs of Tutankhamun's Tomb

Egypt

1922–1932

Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon had been excavating in the Valley of the Kings for a number of years when Carter uncovered the steps leading to the tomb of Tutankhamun in November 1922. Although Carter had suspected the existence of this tomb, he had no way of knowing what a wealth of material it would contain and he quickly realized that he would need assistance in recording and studying so significant a find. As the crow flies, the Valley of the Kings is only a few hundred yards behind the desert cliffs of Deir el-Bahri, where the Museum's Egyptian Expedition was at work. Among the Expedition's staff members was Harry Burton, who was already well known for his skill as an archaeological photographer, and Carter cabled the Museum's Egyptian Department asking for Burton's assistance. The Department's head, Albert M. Lythgoe, immediately replied, "Only too delighted to assist in every possible way. Please call upon Burton and any other member of our staff." In the end, Burton, archaeologist Arthur C. Mace, and two draftsmen, Lindsley F. Hall and Walter Hauser, worked with Carter on the recording and clearance of the tomb.

Burton's photographs are an invaluable resource for the study of Carter's unique discovery of Tutankhamun's nearly intact royal tomb. Some images record the archaeological find, showing the locations of the objects within the tomb, or within the containers that held them. These photographs allow Egyptologists to re-create the final context of each piece. Other photos record the individual objects, often in a number of views, after they were removed from the tomb. These provide important documentation of the condition of the objects when they were found and will always be useful tools for conservation purposes. Another group of photographs tell the story of the find, or suggest events that took place long ago, during the burial of the young king, or when the tomb was reentered in ancient times.

Between 1922 and 1932, while Tutankhamun's tomb was being cleared, Burton took several thousand photographs of the tomb and its contents. Two nearly identical sets of negatives were made: one set was given to Howard Carter and is now in the Griffith Institute of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford; the second set is part of the archive of the Egyptian Expedition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
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