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Birth of Howard Carter

Posted in Adventure, Anniversary, Exploration on Thursday, 28 April 2011

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9 May marks the anniversary of the birth of Howard Carter, archaeologist and Egyptologist, in 1874.

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Archaeologist Howard Carter peers into the tomb of Tutankhamen. Illustration by John Millar Watt

Carter was sent out to Egypt in 1891, aged 17, to assist Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of tombs at Beni Hasan. By 1908 he was working for Lord Carnarvon, supervising the excavations. Carnarvon financed Carter’s work in the Valley of the Kings from 1914, although work only began in earnest after 1917.

In 1922 the excavation uncovered steps that led to the tomb of Tutankhamun. With Carnarvon in attendance, he breached the doorway and peered in and, even by the light of a candle, could see gold and other treasures still in place. When Carnarvon asked whether he could see anything, Carter responded: “Yes. Wonderful things.”

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