Howard Carter led his expedition to discover Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb on this day in 1922. Part of a British expedition in the Valley of the Kings, it was financed by the Earl of Carnarvon, an Egyptian history enthusiast. Previously unknown to historians, the discovery of the tomb became the subject of worldwide attention following the outbreak of a so-called “Pharaoh’s Curse”. Many members of the expedition and those involved with the Egyptian artifacts discovered died soon after the tomb’s reveal, including Lord Carnarvon himself, who died in 1923. The tomb itself had already been plundered by grave robbers, although much of the tomb, including the sarcophagus itself, remained intact. The mummy of Tutankhamen went on display around the world, and remains a popular figure in modern culture, as well as a fascinating figure to study, as the cause of his early death remains unknown.
“All we have to do is to peel the shrines like an onion, and we will be with the king himself.”-Howard Carter