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Archaeologist Howard Carter Celebrated With Google Doodle

Google's latest doodle pays tribute to the famous archaeologist Howard Carter.

Carter was born on this day in 1874, in London, and trained to be an artist like his father. He first went to Egypt at the age of 17, in order to sketch artifacts, and he worked as an artist on various projects throughout the 1890s before being appointed chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service in 1899.

Lord Carnarvon hired Carter to lead expeditions in 1907, and in 1922, he made the discovery he was most famous for, that of King Tutankhamun's tomb. The following year, the expedition made its way into the inner chamber and located the sarcophagus.

There was a huge amount of treasures and gold in the tomb, and the Google doodle shows off some of the kind of artifacts and trinkets that may have been recovered. These pieces stand in front of a shadowy Google logo, which is visible in the background.

Carter naturally became something of a celebrity following his discovery, and subsequently retired from archaeology to become an agent for museums. He also toured around giving lectures.

He died in 1939 due to lymphoma, aged 64. Given that he had a long life, and passed 17 years after opening Tut's tomb, it's safe to say he wasn't a victim of that popular notion, the "curse of the pharaohs", which some believe is bestowed on those who disturb the tombs.