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An Ode to Howard Carter

Post by: Kabita Sonowal

 

 

 

 

 

“May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness.” Epitaph on Howard Carter’s tomb

 

Howard Carter was the man who lived it up and he emerged as someone larger than life itself. Egyptologist and archaeologist, he discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb from the 14th century BC. He was characterized in literature. He was characterized as a lead character in Christian Jacq’s book, The Tutankhamun Affair and in A Cloudy Day on the West Side by Muhammad Al-Mansi Qindeel.  He was also sketched in the Amelia Peabody series of books by Elizabeth Peters, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, and Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke.

 

Howard Carter was always in the thick of adventure. He worked for the Egypt Exploration Fund and his first assignment was at Beni Hasan. His excavations took him across the whole of the antique land. He died in 1939 and was buried at Putney Vale Cemetery in London. He was also an inspiration for the movies, Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal and Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye. His exemplary work and passion influenced literature and entertainment.
 

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