The glorious golden treasures found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb changed our understanding on ancient Egyptian history. But before the iconic tomb was uncovered, the expedition hell-bent on discovering it was almost disbanded after years of unsuccessful searches.
His contributions to the world of archaeology were prolific. Carter later discovered the already-robbed tombs of several 18th-Dynasty monarchs and developed a grid system to map out the lands of as-yet-discovered tombs — a map that is still used in excavation sites today.
Inside the tomb, Howard Carter was able to find the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun who died in his late teens. This was the most intact and well-preserved pharaonic tomb ever found.
Carter experienced professional setbacks, mostly stemming from his opinions over who should be allowed to control the excavation site. In the end, the site remained in Carter’s hands until his final days, and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb skyrocketed him to fame.
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