In 1914, Howard Carter, funded by Lord Carnarvon, received a concession to excavate in the Valley of the Kings - an Egyptian burial site where pharaohs were laid to rest. A new doorway into the ancient world opened.
Carter began a mission to search for tombs that might have been missed by previous digs. The long and arduous process was interrupted by World War I, and by 1922, his enthusiasm had started to wane. Yet Carter was convinced there were more to find, and he managed to persuade Lord Carnarvon to fund one more season of excavation. On 4 November 1922, as if scripted in a movie, their young water boy accidentally stumbled on a stone that turned out to be the top of a flight of steps, cut into the bedrock. The team started to dig, finding their way to a doorway stamped with Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Inscribed on the outer doorway, Carter found the sign he had been searching for all these years; a cartouche. This was the nameplate of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Behind this door was a short corridor, leading to the door of the tomb itself. Using a tiny chisel that he had received as a gift from his grandmother on his 17th birthday, Howard slowly chipped away at the top left corner of the doorway, until he created an inch-wide hole. With only the flickering light of his candle, Carter peered through. “Can you see anything?” Carnarvon asked. “Yes, wonderful things!” Carter replied. Carter had, in fact, discovered King Tut’s tomb. “The Boy King” as he was known, lay undiscovered for over 3,000 years. We have Howard Carter to thank for this remarkable archaeological discovery.
The archaeological process can be painstakingly slow. Years of disappointment, and a World War, gave Carter a host of reasons to walk away. But he kept digging, kept searching, and kept chiseling away. The journey to discover what’s hidden is never easy. But treasure awaits us if we persevere.
What if we could discover, together, more of what's buried?
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Craig Morrison www.embarkleadership.com Adapted from a blog post by David Mitchell, The Paterson Center