Howard Carter

British egyptologist

Howard Carter (May 9, 1874March 2, 1939) was an English archaeologist. His mother was Martha Carter and his father was Samuel Carter. As a young man he worked for the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Later, he was the man who found King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922.

Howard Carter
Howard Carter opens the innermost shrine of King Tutankhamun's tomb near Luxor, in 1922.

The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb was an accident. Howard Carter's waterboy stumbled across some steps leading under the desert surface. Lord Carnarvon, a sponsor of Carter's work, was impatient of the slow progress at this point,[1] and if the discovery had not been made, then it likely would not have been discovered at all.


  1. "How Howard Carter Almost Missed Finding King Tut's Tomb". History Magazine. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2020-03-14.