Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
7 Times Square (23rd Floor Reception)
New York, NY 10036
Presenter: John Adams, independent scholar, author, director emeritus of the Orange County Public Library, and former ARCE Board of Governors member
Location: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP , 7 Times Square, N.Y. 10036 (23rd Floor Reception). Entrance to 7 Times Square is on Broadway at 42nd Street, next to The Loft. Photo ID is required to enter building. Proceed to the 5th floor Sky Lobby and take the second elevator bank to the 23rd floor reception.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Reception to follow lecture. R.S.V.P. required: Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: At the start of the twentieth century, Theodore Davis was the most famous archaeologist 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 Hatshepsut’s sarcophagus to the exquisite shabti statuettes looted from the Egyptian Museum not too long ago—as a lens around 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. The only reason Davis has been forgotten by history to a large extent is probably the fact that he stopped just short of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, the discovery of which propelled Howard Carter (Davis’s erstwhile employee) to worldwide fame just a few short years later. (Note: John's book has received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal.)