Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday Marked by Google Doodle

Posted on May 9 2012 - 9:26pm by Richard Sharp

People are logging on all over the world to find a brand new Doodle on the Google homepage. This time it is celebrating the 138th Birthday of Howard Cater, the archaeologist which sprang to worldwide fame for discovering Tutankhamun’s lost tomb in Egypt.

Marking the big occasion

The Doodle comes 90 years after Carter made his startling find and as a fitting tribute the moment is captured as a freeze frame.

Unlike previous special Doodle this one simply places a shadow of Googles seven letters in the background behind the tomb, sarcophagus, canopic jars and other artifacts which he found whilst excavating King Tut’s final resting place.

Carter first made entry into the tomb using a chisel given to him by his Grandmother for his seventeenth birthday. After that he and his team painstakingly explored and excavated treasures which would have been untouched for over 3,000 years. After this he spent the final years of his life archiving each item, creating a catalogue which is thought to be the most comprehensive look into Egyptian history.

Final Days

Seven years after the discovery Howard Carter died from Lymphoma at the age of 64. Some superstitious people say it was a curse laid on him for opening the tomb, although many people tend to disagree.

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