Did you know that Howard Carter was born today in 1874? He was an English Egyptologist. An Egyptologist is someone who studies the history, language, culture, and architecture of ancient Egypt. He was only 17 when he started working at his first excavation site in Egypt. During his career, Howard Carter improved the access to excavation sites, methods for recording the art in the tombs, and developed the ‘grid-block’ system for searching tombs. He also focused on protecting the excavation sites. Howard Carter is best known for his discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
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A blemish on Howard Carter’s career was the ‘Saqqara Affair’, a confrontation between French tourists and Egyptian guards at an excavation site. Howard Carted defended the guards, which after a formal inquiry resulted in Howard Carter resigning from the Antiquities Service.
Howard Carter had worked for Lord Carnarvon for 5 years without discovering much. In 1922, Lord Carnarvon notified Carter that he would only fund one more excavation season. On November 4, 1922, Carter discovered the stairs that would eventually lead to Tutankhamun’s tomb.