Wednesday’s Google Doodle celebrates Tut finder Howard Carter
Mountain View, CA, United States (AHN) – Wednesday’s Google doodle pays homage to famed archeologist Howard Carter, the discoverer of King Tutankhamen’s tomb.
The search engine’s logo is displayed in a golden hue set in the background of some of the thousands of items that were removed from the boy king’s tomb, a painstaking process that took more than a decade and incited much public interest and excitement.
Carter was born in London on May 9, 1874. He had been searching for the burial sites of ancient pharaohs for almost three decades when he led the team that uncovered the fabled tomb of the 18th-dynasty ruler, some 3,000 years after Tut was carefully laid to rest.
Carter went to Egypt just a boy himself, actually a teen. He was named first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service while still in his 20s. He worked for years until he uncovered his greatest find in November 1922, when a worker stumbled upon the steps to the secret tomb.
The tomb was remarkably intact. Carter and his team unearthed a treasure trove of gilded and other precious objects.
The discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb hoisted Carter into the spotlight and gave him celebrity-like status. His name was frequently mentioned in songs and on the big screen in the years that followed. Carter was truly the real-life Indiana Jones.