Howard Carter

Howard Carter

An Egyptologist & Archaeologist who became famous upon discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun.


Marking Egypt

Carter started his strong connection with Egypt as a young artist accompanying an archaeological survey travelling to Egypt. He traced markings and designs of tombs eventually meeting Professor Flinders Petrie a pioneer in archaeology.


By the age of 17 Carter was inspired to become an archaeologist himself. At twenty-six having gained some archeological experience but with no formal qualifications, Carter was hired as chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service overseeing a number of excavations.


Excavations during WWI

Three years later having left the Egyptian Antiquities Service he was employed by Lord Carnarvon to excavate at the Valley of the Kings. Other than the unavoidable interruption of World War I, work carried on vigorously but with no results.


Frustrated by this, Lord Carnarvon gave Carter an ultimatum. Limited by time, funding & with the increase of pressure. On 4th November 1922 a water carrier found steps leading downwards. 

Carter wired Lord Carnarvon immediately with the news.  


The passage way

Lord Carnarvon and Carnarvon's daughter alongside Carter, ‘Feverishly…cleared away the remaining last scraps of rubbish on the floor of the passage before the doorway’, until there was the clean sealed doorway before them. Making preliminary notes they then went on to make ‘a tiny breach in the top left hand corner to see what was beyond’


Howard Carter lived at 19 Collingham Gardens.



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