Year 1922: Tutankhamun's tomb is opened in Egypt

Howard Carter discovered the intact tomb (designated KV62) of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun in November 1922, judged to be the best preserved pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. Carter's meticulous assessing and cataloguing of the thousands of objects in the tomb took nearly ten years, most being moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Despite the significance of his archaeological find, Carter received no honour from the British government. However, in 1926, he received the Order of the Nile, third class, from King Fuad I of Egypt. Carter wrote a number of books on Egyptology during his career, including a three volume popular account of the discovery and excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb. He also delivered a series of illustrated lectures on the excavation, including a 1924 tour of Britain, France, Spain and the United States.

Here is a video lecture on the story behind Tutankhamun's head.