Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday


Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939)

Howard CarterThe most famous Egyptian pharaoh today is, without doubt, Tutankhamen. However, before the spectacular discovery of his almost intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings in November 4, 1922, Tutankhamen was only a little known figure of the late 18th Dynasty. It was Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon who discovered the Tomb of “Tutankhamen”.

The discovery of the Tutankhamen is one of the most famous Egyptian historical finds to date. The Howard Carter discovery, found more than 3,000 treasures which were buried with Tutankhamen in his grave. Today these historical treasures which consist of Gold, Jewelry and Art can be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The immense wealth of artifacts and treasures found in King Tut’s tomb took decades to excavate. Howard Carter remained in Egypt, working on the site, until the excavation was completed in 1932. Carter returned to London and spent his later years working as a collector for various museums. He toured the United States, giving lectures about Egypt and King Tut, and contributing to Americans’ interest in ancient Egypt.

Who was Howard Carter?

Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamen.  Howard Carter was born in London, England on the 9th May 1874. His father was a skilled artist and Howard Carter followed in his father’s footsteps. One of his first jobs was to draw the discoveries made in Egypt and replicate the finding of archaeologists like Percy Newberry.

Today he is most famous for discovering the “Tomb of Tutankhamen” and his lectures in the United States about Egypt and its treasures.

Howard Carter and the Mummy’s Curse

When the tomb was first discovered, there were reports of a message written in ancient hieroglyphics on the outside of the tomb. Translated, the message said, “Death Shall Come on Swift Wings to Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King.”

Howard Carter died in London on March 2, 1939, of lymphoma, and was buried in Putney Vale Cemetery in London. On his gravestone is written: “May your spirit live, May you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, Sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness “and “O night, spread thy wings over me as the imperishable stars”. – Howard Carter

Howard Carter Literature, Film and Television

As you can expect Hollywood love the idea of explorers and artifacts and many movies, and films have been made on the live and adventures of Howard Carter. One such film possibly the most famous are the Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal and the Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye. Howard Carter is also portrait as the main character throughout most of the Amelia Peabody series of books by “Elizabeth Peters”, “The Murder of King Tut” and the The Tutankhamun Affair to name a few.

Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday Google Doodle

Howard Carters 138th Birthday

In the Google Doodle (9 May 2012) one can see some of the treasures that were part of the Howard Carter’s discovery of the “Tomb of Tutankhamen”. Many of these artifacts can be found in the Egyptian museum in Cairo Egypt. We here at 3D Car Shows think that the Google Doodlers have done a stunning job bringing us the information.

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