Personal background to the database 'The Search for Tutankhamun'
Howard Carter (1874-1939) resigned from the Antiquities
Service, an Egyptian oganization in charge of ancient monuments, in
1905. He then spent several years as an unemployed archaeologist and
His opportunity to work once again in the Valley of the Kings, this
time with the financial backing of Lord Carnarvon, came when Theodore
Davis's concession expired in 1914. Carter's cooperation with Lord Carnarvon
began in 1909 and their excavations before the return to the Valley
ranged from the Theban west bank (Dra Abu el-Naga, 1909-11) to Middle
Egypt (Meir, 1918-19) and the Delta (Sakha 1912 and Tell el-Balamun
George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon
(1866-1923), visited Egypt for the first time in 1903. His excavations
at Dra Abu el-Naga began in 1907.
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