Produced in 1874, Howard Carter first went to Egypt as a youthful artist hired to sketch artifacts. The young artist went to become a significant archaeologist, as well as the lead excavator of the grave of King Tutankhamun. His dad Samuel Carter was a successful artist. The young artist had private home education, and had an artistic run from a very young age. When his dad painted a portrait of a well known Egyptologist, the young Howard’s interest was triggered. This period found an increased European fascination with Egyptology, the study of ancient Egypt. Many dominant British scientists and archaeologists were active in excavating historical sites.
Through his daddy’s links, Howard Carter discovered a job working for an archaeologist who wanted an artist to draw his findings. Carter earned praise for using advanced and modern new techniques to draw wall reliefs as well as other findings.
With Carnarvon’s support, Carter directed the excavation of Egyptian aristocrats’ graves. In 1914, Carnarvon received a permit to excavate in a site where it had been believed the grave of King Tutankhamun rested. Carnarvon gave the occupation to Howard Carter. Carter hired a team of workers to simply help uncover the grave, but was interrupted by World War I.
Following the war, Howard Carter resumed his excavations, but after many years, Lord Carnarvon grew dissatisfied with the insufficient effects and told Carter he’d one more season of backing to get the grave. On November 4, 1922, a son who was employed as a water fetcher to the excavation started to dig in the sand using a stick. He discovered a rock step, and called Carter over. Carter’s crew discovered a flight of steps that led down into a sealed door, along with a secret chamber. On November 26, 1922, Carter and Lord Carnrvon entered the grave, where they discovered an enormous number of gold and treasures.
The discovery made an enormous impact. King Tut’s grave was by far the most complete of the graves that have been excavated, and artifacts were well preserved, for example, sarcophagus and Tut’s mummy. An fascination with ancient Egypt and Egyptology was ignited all over the world, mainly in thanks to the uncovered grave of Tutankhamun.