It is estimated that around 3,500 items were discovered within the fabulous tomb of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter convinces Lord Carnarvon to finance a search for the tomb. He begins digging in the Valley of the Kings, but by 1922 Carnarvon permits just one more season of funding.
A step in the right direction
While Howard Carter is temporarily away from the dig site, a step is found carved into the bedrock.
4 November 1922
A royal discovery
Carter discovers the sealed door of the tomb and sees a passage behind. He then sends a telegram to Carnarvon to alert him.
5 November 1922
Through a tiny hole he glimpses a “strange and wonderful medley of extraordinary and beautiful objects”.
26 November 1922
Carter, Carnarvon and Lady Evelyn notice a sealed doorway and secretly reopen an ancient robber’s hole to crawl inside.
27 November 1922
The burial chamber
Carter opens the sealed doorway to the burial chamber and sarcophagus of the pharaoh. It is officially opened the next day.
16 February 1923
The curse begins
Lord Carnarvon dies after a mosquito bite becomes infected. Carter begins liaising with the authorities and press.
5 April 1923
At breaking point
After interference by the authorities, Carter locks the tomb and refuses to return the keys to the French director of Antiquities.
12 February 1924
The long-awaited return
Lady Carnarvon agrees to renounce her claims to the tomb and Carter returns to work. The tomb is opened officially.
25 January 1925
Conservation work on the tomb is finally completed and the treasures are sent to Cairo Museum.
Key discoveries: Tombs of Thutmose I, Thutmose III and Tutankhamun . A student of Flinders Petrie, Howard Carter first went to Egypt as an artist, recording tomb wall reliefs. While doing so, he supervised a number of excavations at Thebes and was eventually given funding for his own projects.