George Karnarvon

Picture of George Karnarvon

Date of Birth: 06/26/1866

Age: 56

Place of birth: Highclere Hampshire County

Citizenship: United Kingdom


Born in Highclere (Hampshire County, near Newbury) June 26, 1866. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge University, was fond of hunting, racing, collecting rarities. British Egyptologist Ernest Budge invited him to study Egyptology, and then met with Carnarvon archaeologist Howard Carter. In 1906 they started the excavations in Egypt, near Thebes and Deir-el-Bahari, where they found the tombs of the pharaohs XVIII dynasty XII and described them in the book Five years of research in Thebes (Five Years` Explorations at Thebes, 1912).

The First World War interrupted the excavations, but soon after it ended they were resumed. In November 1922 Carnarvon and Carter opened the tomb of Tutankhamun, pharaoh of Amarna period 14. BC. The burial chamber was opened in February 1923, and in January 1924 was found a sarcophagus.

All these years Caernarfon collecting priceless collection of Egyptian antiquities. However, he died in Cairo on 5 April 1923 and did not see the most important results of his main discoveries. Among the works devoted to it in conjunction with the opening of Carter: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (The Tomb of Tut-ankh-amen, 1923-1933) and Carter A.Meysa; Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb (Tutankhamen, and the Discovery of his Tomb, 1923) G.Smita.