Google Doodle Celebrates Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday

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Tomb-of-TutankhamunToday Google is celebrating his 138th birthday with a beautiful doodle on their homepage showing the world once again a great person who lived in this world and made a huge discovery in his time..

Howard Carter was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Howard Carter was born in London, England, the son of Samuel Carter, a skilled artist, who trained him to follow in his footsteps.

In 1891, at the age of 17, a talented young artist, he was sent out to Egypt by the Egypt Exploration Fund to assist Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan. Even at that young age he was innovative in improving the methods of copying tomb decoration. In 1892 he worked under the tutelage of Flinders Petrie for one season at Amarna, the capital founded by the pharaoh Akhenaten. From 1894 to 1899 he then worked with Édouard Naville at Deir el-Bahari, where he recorded the wall reliefs in the temple of Hatshepsut.

Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday – Google Doodle

Google Doodle Howard Carters 138 Birthday

In 1899, Carter was appointed the first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (EAS). He supervised a number of excavations at Thebes before he was transferred in 1904 to the Inspectorate of Lower Egypt. Carter resigned from the Antiquities Service in 1905 after an enquiry into an affray between Egyptian site guards and a group of French tourists in which he sided with the Egyptian personnel.

He died of lymphoma, a type of cancer, in Kensington, London, on 2 March 1939 at the age of 64. Carter is buried in the 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”.



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