Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Unearth Carter's Digs in the Capital

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Unearth Carter's Digs in the Capital

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It is hard for people today to comprehend the mania in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s for all things Egyptian.

The craze, and the army of Egyptologists who feverishly hunted for tombs, mummies and golden treasure, kicked off in earnest when archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in 1922.

He uncovered the nearly intact tomb of the boy king, who had been laid to rest over three millennia before, including his extraordinary golden death mask, which is still on display at the Museum of Cairo.

Howard Carter patron of his Lord Carnarvon The discovery made Carter an international celebrity and he carried on working at the Tutankhamun site before retiring from archaeology a few years later and working part time for museums in the US, where he also lectured. …

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