He dispatched a message to Lord Carnarvon in Scotland, requesting that he come immediately. Two weeks later, Carnarvon and his daughter, Lady Evelyn, arrived in Luxor and met Carter. Telegrams are a type of communication. Imagine if Howard Carter had instead sent a letter to Lord Carnarvon. He would have written that he was sorry to inform him that the tomb he was working on contained nothing important.
Carnarvon was stunned by this news and furious that Carter had not informed him sooner of the empty box. But he realized there was no use arguing with Carter so they set off for Egypt together. Once there, they began an extensive search for the next king of Egypt but were unable to find anything suspicious. They did find several ancient writings though which revealed that King Tut's kingdom was famous all over the world and many people were interested in seeing his death mask. This fact alone convinced Carnarvon and Carter that the young king had to be buried with extraordinary care. They also learned that the pharaohs usually were mummified after their deaths to keep them looking beautiful forever.
Carnarvon returned home while Carter stayed in Egypt to work more on the tomb. After two months, he too went back home, this time without finding any trace of the missing king. Carter wrote another letter to Carnarvon explaining that there was no need to worry about what had happened to the king because he knew that someday new evidence would be found for his resurrection.
Lord Carnarvon Carter was living hand to mouth until he met Lord Carnarvon, a wealthy amateur Egyptologist looking for a professional companion. They were resolved to find Tutankhamun's tomb together in 1917.
Carnarvon was an aristocrat who had inherited his title at the age of 21. He enjoyed sports and travel, and had more social aptitude than business skills. But he was rich, well-connected, and good-looking, with elegant manners that women loved. His passion was ancient history and archaeology; he owned over 50 books on these subjects.
They began visiting archaeological sites together, and soon they became friends as well as partners. Carnarvon introduced Carter to high society, allowing him to meet beautiful women and enjoy luxury items such as jewel-studded scimitars that Carnarvon bought for him. This made him very popular with ladies.
In 1919, they hired a team of archaeologists to search for King Tut's tomb. Only one man, William L. Andrews, had found evidence of treasure before - including Queen Elizabeth I's jewels - so they paid him well. The task took years because nothing was known about where to look for the tomb at first. When they did find it, only half of it was open, so they didn't get a full view of what was inside.
One of Howard Carter's crews spotted a stone step in the sand on November 4, 1922. Soon after, a lengthy stairway was uncovered, going down to a shut door. Carter phoned his buddy Lord Carnarvon to inform him of the discovery. Carnarvon returned to Egypt after a two-week voyage by ship, rail, and donkey. When he reached Cairo, he sent for more help. Within two days, they had exposed the entire chamber, where they found an amazing collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts: a golden mask, statuettes, spears, swords, knives, an archer's bow, and even part of a chariot wheel.
Carter's team was able to reconstruct parts of the history of ancient Egypt through these objects. The chariot part came from the Fourth Dynasty (2400 B.C.). It is made of gold and covered with images of horses and warriors. This suggests that the whole thing was once part of a ceremonial chariot used in state ceremonies. The rest of the items come from later periods. For example, the knife was probably used to cut the meat served at royal banquets. The sword may have been worn by a guard or servant.
The goal of this mission was to bring back as many of the artifacts as possible for display in the British Museum. But some items were damaged during removal from the tomb. That's why we now only see parts of them. The face value of the items removed from the tomb totals £5,000 ($7,300).