Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Google doodle celebrates Howard Carter's 138th birthday

Archaeologist Howard Carter's 138th birtdhay is celebrated in Wednesday's Google doodle.

Carter's major discoveries include the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamun. The tomb stands right at the center of the doodle, which can be found when you visit the search engine's homepage. Tutankhamun, or King Tut, was the boy king of Egypt who died at the age of 19 from multiple unknown and debated causes. His tomb was discovered by Carter in the Valley of Kings as the most intact Egyptian tomb until date.

Carter was born in London on May 9, 1874. At the age of 17, he assisted in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan. In 1892, he worked in Armana, documenting what remained of the capital city of Akhenaten, father of Tutankhamun. Seven years later, he was appointed the first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (EAS).

Together with his group on November 4, 1922, they found the steps leading to Tutankhamun's tomb, which became KV62, by far the best and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

Carter died from lymphoma, a kind of cancer, in 1939 at the age of 64, just seven years after his excavation ended, and before he could fully publish his findings.

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