The story of the hunt for the tomb of Tutankhamun is a long and complicated one involving lots of detailed scientific research. After others had failed to find the tomb, there was one man who thought he had an idea where it may be. His was a name which was to become almost as famous as that of Tutankhamun himself, Howard Carter.
Carter had a plan of the valley on which he marked all the spoil heaps and cuttings made by previous excavations. On this he identified a small triangle which was covered over with the spoils from an earlier excavation. Carter thought it was possible that the missing tomb could lie under the mound of ruble and stone chippings and was determined to find out.
Soon after excavations began some workmens houses were uncovered, so anything under those would be untouched since the tombs in the valley were cut. When the first hut was removed a stone step was uncovered and when flight of steps was cleared a sealed door was found. On this door were the marks of the necropolis guards, and the cartouche of Tutankhamun.
When the door was opened, a corridor filled with rubble was revealed, with signs that a tunnel had been dug through one corner showing that the tomb had been entered before. After the corridor was cleared another sealed door was uncovered, and beyond that Carter saw the 'wonderful things' which were to change the face of Egyptology forever.