Howard Carter never received a formal education, yet he uncovered one of the most significant archaeological finds of the twentieth century—the tomb of Tutankhamen. Not only that, but he was successful in documenting and preserving the discovery of the magnificent artifacts. He did, however, damage the skull of the king by dropping it, a mistake that scientists continue to point to in criticizing his level of expertise and training.
Regardless of his shortcomings, Carter made a significant impact on the world. Through his work, the public became excited about ancient Egyptian culture, a great culture that influenced the development of human civilization. In the academic world, too, his work led to a resurgence of work, and the establishment of standards that allowed Egyptology to be recognized as a field of serious scientific research, not just the realm of fortune hunters and grave robbers.