Howard Carter patron of his Lord Carnarvon The discovery made Carter an international celebrity and he carried on working at the Tutankhamun site before retiring from archaeology a few years later and working part time for museums in the US, where he also lectured.
"We forget in the mundane moments of our lives that these grand adventures happened, and this particular one is on another level," says Max Irons, who plays archaeologist Howard Carter in the four-parter, a man whose modern yet unconventional digging methods and difficult attitude saw him blacklisted by the majority of the archaeological community.
Made pharaoh at the age of nine, Tutankhamun became famous with the discovery of his tomb and the treasures within by Briton Howard Carter. His iconic gold burial mask weighs 11kg, encrusted with lapis lazuli and other semi-precious stones.
When archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tut's tomb, peering into the antechamber and surveying a pile of chairs and tables mixed in with golden treasures, the first words he uttered were not, "Wood, look at the dovetails on that furniture!" But they could have been.