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Centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen

2022 is the centennial year of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

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Steps to tomb uncovered by water boy – an excavation team member November 4, 1922. Howard Carter makes an opening to the entrance chamber takes a look through a small opening holding a candle. Lord Carnavon and his daughter Lady Evelyn are present.

Carnavon: “What do you see?” Carter: “Beautiful things”

Howard Carter ( May 9, 1874 – March 2, 1939

Howard Carter, Egyptologist and discoverer of the tomb of Pharaoh Tut en kam in

Photography of the tomb by Harry Burton

Unlike his contemporaries Sir Flinders Petrie and Sir Alan Gardiner Howard Carter was never recognized with knighthood or lesser honor from King George V.

The Tutankhamen scandal

“The discoveries in that tomb set in motion a power struggle that has been only partially uncovered. Carter wanted to send as much of the treasure as possible to England and the United States. This plan quickly met with resistance. Egypt had been a British protectorate since 1914, but the administration of antiques lay in the hands of a particularly intractable Frenchman.” Der Spiegel

By Farooq Hussain

Author, scientist, lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA. King’s College, University of London, Architectural Association School, London, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, Kent College, Canterbury.

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