At the start of the 20th century, Theodore Davis was the most famous name in archaeology in the world. Davis found a record 18 tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and, breaking with custom, gave his share of the spoils to museums. A number of his most important discoveries—including the sarcophagus of Thutmose I, the only 18th-Dynasty royal sarcophagus outside of Egypt—are today in the MFA. In this first-ever biography of Davis, Egyptologist John M. Adams chronicles the 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.

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