English archaeologist Howard Carter, has been featured in a Google doodle today to celebrate his 138th birth anniversary.
The doodle shows Carter standing amongst the artifacts excavated from the tomb of Tutankhamun proudly inspecting his work.
Howard Carter was an English archaeologist, whose most significant contribution to his field was the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty.
Howard Carter was born May 9, 1874, in Kensington, London. His father Samuel Carter was a successful artist.
Howard headed to Egypt in 1891, at the age of 17, where he was to work on the Egypt Exploration Fund’s excavation of the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan.
For the next several years, Carter worked under different archeologists at sits including Amarna, Deir el Babri, Thebes, Edfu, and Abu Simbel. Carter earned praise for using innovative and modern new methods to draw wall reliefs and other findings.
On 4 November 1922, Carter’s excavation group found the steps leading to Tutankhamun’s tomb, by far the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. It was here, that Carnarvon and Carter were to have their now iconic exchange. When Carnarvon asked ‘Can you see anything?’, Carter replied with the famous words: ‘Yes, wonderful things.’.
The team spent the next several months cataloging the contents of their discovery. The clearance of the tomb with its thousands of objects continued until 1932.
Howard Carter has been a celebrated character in popular culture, with references to him in music, literature, art as well as movies and television, including the Young Indiana Jones TV series.
Carter died of lymphoma, a type of cancer, in Kensington, London, on 2 March 1939 at the age of 64.
On Howard Carter gravestone written that: ‘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 Google Doodle Youtube Video
Howard Carter and Tutankhamun’s Tomb youtube video
Howard Carter Quotes
“…as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.” ― Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankamen