NOTABLE ARCHAEOLOGISTS Howard Carter (1874–1939)

May 11, 2011

NOTABLE ARCHAEOLOGISTS Howard Carter (1874–1939)

An English artist who received his archaeological training from William M. Flinders Petrie, Carter first worked in Egypt in 1891.
He was engaged at various sites by the Egypt Exploration Fund, and from 1904, he supervised Theodore Davis’s excavations in the Valley of the Kings. In 1909, he began to work in the Theban necropolis for Lord Carnarvon, and from 1917, he explored the Valley of the Kings on behalf of his patron, searching for an intact royal tomb. He was unsuccessful until November 1922 when he discovered the virtually complete tomb belonging to King Tutankhamun.
Carter and his team took ten years to prepare, pack, and transport the spectacular tomb contents to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


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