© Gaye Wilson 2012

Ninety years ago this week, on 6th November 1912, archaeologist Howard Carter stumbled upon some steps leading down to a hitherto unknown royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

It was the tomb of Tutankhamun, an Egyptian king who died while in his late teens.

The discovery was a turning point in the history of Egyptology. It showed the richness of tomb goods that were provided for royalty in ancient Egypt. Up until then, royal tombs had been plundered of their wealth long before they were discovered by archaeologists.

Whilst this is all very exciting, the point of this post is not the riches that Carter found, nor the notoriety that followed the discovery. The point I want to make here is that Carter was broke, and nearly at the end of his time in Egypt. He had spent several years coming the Valley of the Kings trying to find an undiscovered tomb, with no success.

But he didn’t quit.

He didn’t give up.

He kept looking, and finally found the tomb that made his name.

If you want something badly enough, never EVER give up.

References you might like to read about the discovery of Tutankhamun: