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Carter, Howard

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Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1939 AD, at 64 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Archaeologist, Scientist

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1874 - Howard Carter, born on the 9th of May in Swaffham, Norfolk, England. He was an English archaeologist.

1891 - He began his archaeological work in Egypt, at the age of seventeen. There he worked on the excavation of Basi Hassan, the gravesite of the princes of Middle Egypt, circa 2000 BC. Later he was to come under the tutelage of Flinders Petrie.

1899 - 1905 - He was offered a position working for the Egyptian Antiquities service, from which he resigned as a result of a dispute.

1907 - He was introduced, to Lord Carnarvon, an eager amateur who was prepared to supply the funds necessary for his work to continue. Soon, he was supervising all Lord Carnarvon's excavations.

1922 - On 4th November, he found Tutankhamun's tomb, the only unplundered tomb of a Pharaoh yet found in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt.


1923 - On 16th February, he opened the burial chamber and first saw the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun.

1939 - After cataloguing the extensive finds, he retired from archaeology and became a collector. He died in England on the 2nd of March at the age of sixty five.



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