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Dr. Christian Tutundjian de Vartavan - Tutankhamun plant remains discovery (London - 1988)

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France's National News (France 2 - 20h - May 1988) about Christian Tutundjian de Vartavan's discovery of the Kew (Royal Botanical Garden) Tutankhamun Plant Remains.Presented by Philippe Harrouard, then corespondent of France 2 in London, later general director of France 2.



"This is not where it began for Dr. de Vartavan specialised on Egypt since early childhood, but this is the first time his discoveries went public. The interview was made in the archaeobotany laboratory room of the Institute of Archaeology (University College London, University of London), around the 19th-20th of May. Dr. de Vartavan was then only 23! ... and engaged in a M.Sc. thesis" in the Environmental Dept of the same institution.

This discovery was then qualified by Sir James Lighthill, then Provost of UCL, as "Very good for the college" during a board meeting attended by the college's heads of dept. on the next day. Including Prof. David Harris (Environmental Dept. and soon after general director of the Institute of Archaeology) who reported with satisfaction the statement". The announcement of the discovery was also authorised by Kew's director Sir Arthur Bell who met Dr. de Vartavan and Prof. Harris in an English Club set near Regent's Park.

From the 18th of May 1988 to much later in the year, newspapers as well as televisions and radio worldwide reported the discovery and its major scientific implications for Egyptology" (as would be fully acknowledged twenty years later (2008) in "Egyptology Today" (Cambridge University), Chapter 1, p. 15).

The Times (May 18th, 1988) in particular granted the upper first page to Dr. de Vartavan (Sir James had the Times on the table when Prof. Harris went into the meeting room), an honour which aside for perhaps Dr.Howard Carter no other Egyptologist seems to have ever received and certainly no other UCL/Univ. of London based Egyptologist to date".

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