If you go to Google.com today, you will see an Egyptologist studying the coffin of a pharoah, as well as the many treasures (and servants) that might have been buried with the sarcophagus. The Doodle is intended to celebrate the 138th birthday of Howard Carter, an English archeologist and Egyptologist. Carter is well known for discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut. Tutankhamun was the boy king of Egypt who died at the age of 19 from multiple debated causes. His tomb was discovered by Carter in the Valley of Kings as the most intact Egyptian tomb till date. Even till today, his tomb is the best preserved and the most visited tomb by tourists. Tutankhamun's tomb had been wiped away from public consciousness in Egypt a little while after his death and eventually went missing because it was covered up by stone chips from the building of other tombs, which had either been dumped there or washed there by floods.

He found King Tut

He found King Tut

Howard Carter, at the age of 17, was sent out by the Egyptian Exploration Fund to assist in the exploration and recording of the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan. After working for multiple seasons under various archeologists, in 1899, Carter was appointed as the first Chief Inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Under that title, he supervised multiple excavations at Thebes (now known as Luxor). He resigned from the position in 1905 and in 1907, Lord Carnarvon employed him to supervise his excavations. Carnarvon also funded Carter's work in the Valley of the Kings from 1914, however World War I interrupted work till 1917. After years of searching for Tutankhamun's tomb in vain, in 1922, Carnarvon gave Carter one more season of funding. On the 4th of November, 1922, Carter's excavation group found the steps leading to Tutankhamun's tomb. He made a breach into the tomb and told Carnarvon there were many wonderful things within.

The next few months were spent cataloging everything in the antechamber and on the 16th of February, 1923, Carter opened a sealed doorway, which led to a burial chamber. Here, he found the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun. While the discovery was covered wildly by the world's press, only one journalist, H.V. Morton was allowed on the scene. Carter retired from archeology and became a part time agent for collectors and museums after the discovery. He passed away on the 2nd of March, 1939 from lymphoma (a kind of cancer) in London. His death taking place many years after the opening of the tomb is used by sceptics to dispute the “curse of the Pharoahs” theory.

Publish date: May 9, 2012 10:55 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:13 pm

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