Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Happy Birthday Howard Carter
May 09, 1874. LONDON.- Howard Carter was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun. On 4 November 1922, Carter's water carrier found the steps leading to Tutankhamun's tomb (subsequently designated KV62), by far the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. In this image:Howard Carter is shown examining King Tut's sarcophagus, date unknown.
Carter died of lymphoma in Kensington, London, on 2 March 1939, aged 64. Carter is now buried in Putney Vale Cemetery in London. His epitaph reads: "May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness", a quotation taken from the Wishing Cup of Tutankhamun and "O night, spread thy wings over me as the imperishable stars".
Carter was one of a generation of archaeologists who brought Ancient Egypt back to life through their discoveries. King Tutankhamum's tomb was and is famous for its wealth of grave goods - which makes me hungry for what has been lost from the tombs of the great Pharaohs. When I was young, I read the novel "The Lost Queen of Egypt" by Lucille Morrison about Ankhesenamun. Queen of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Daughter of Nefertiti. Sister-wife of Tutankhamun and possibly the one who wrote the famous letter to the King of the Hittites, asking for a husband to replace the one who died. Unfortunately the novel is out of print but I wish it could it be reissued. Naturally it's fiction but so well written that it makes the whole era come alive.