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On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter’s water boy stumbled over some steps in Egypt. Those steps, it turns out, were 16 steps into the bedrock leading to King Tut’s tomb. Fast forward 97 years (and one day) to read the latest article by Egyptology scholar Dr. Kathleen Sheppard, associate professor of history and political science, who writes about the importance of gathering places in the formulation of scientific knowledge. In the case of Carter and his contemporary Egyptologists, those gathering places were found in the European-run hotels of Egypt.
Sheppard’s article, “Tea with King Tut at The Winter Palace Hotel” is published in the November 2019 issue of Journal of History and Cultures.