Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Howard Carter- 138th Birthday


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Birth and Death: Howard Carter was born on May 9th, 1874 in the small town of Kensington, London, England. He died on March 2nd, 1939 at the age of 65.
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Discovery: Howard Carter discovered and excavated the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamen. Carter got his begin as an artist, tracing Egyptian hieroglyphics for others, before becoming an archaeologist himself. His explore for the tomb of King Tut took just about a decade, together with an extensive disruption at some stage in World War I, and was supported economically by George Herbert, the earl of Carnarvon. Carter exposed the tomb of Tut on 4 November 1922 and opened the tomb after Lord Carnarvon's arrival at the site on the 26th of November. Paradoxically, Tutankhamen had been sensibly unidentified before the discovery, but news coverage of Carter's startling locates finished "King Tut" a family circle name.
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Extra credit: Lord Carnarvon passed away of pneumonia in 1923, reinforcing the legend of a curse placed on those who had disturbed Tut's tomb. However, Carter himself lived to the age of 64 before dying a natural death in England.
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