On 16 February 1923, archaeologist Howard Carter opened the burial chamber of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen and first saw the sarcophagus that had been placed there over 3,000 years earlier. This 18th dynasty pharaoh ruled for only ten years but is the most famous of all the Ancient Egyptians. The impact on Howard Carter can be read in the inscription on his headstone,
May your spirit live,
May you spend millions of years,
You who love Thebes,
Sitting with your face to the north wind,
Your eyes beholding happiness
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Photo courtesy of Bjørn Christian Tørrissen