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Howard Carter's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

The Google Doodle marked 138 years since Howard Carter was born. Photo: Google

Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered ancient pharaoh king Tutankhamen's tomb, has had his 138th birthday marked with a Google doodle.

The search engine's home page depicts the moment Carter found the famous tomb, with the picture also featuring other Egyptian iconography.

Carter was born in London in 1874, he was originally trained as an artist, but by the age of 17 he was sent to Egypt to help with the excavation of ancient tombs.

Lord Carnarvon financed Carter's work in the Valley of Kings from 1914, though this was interrupted by World War I until 1917.

Carnarvon began to lose patience with thearchaeologist, who had not made a significant discovery yet, and in 1922 gave him one final season.

On 4 November 1922, Carter and his group found the steps leading to Tutankhamen's tomb, and he subsequently became the first modern-day archaeologist to discover the final resting place of a pharaoh with the treasures still intact.

The gold mask of ancient pharaoh king Tutankhamen Credit: Reuters

Carter spent the rest of his career documenting what he had discovered in the famous pharaoh's tomb.

He died seven years after the excavation finished in 1939 from lymphoma, he was 64.