King Tutankhamun: The Mummy's Curse

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King Tutankhamun has become world famous as a symbol of ancient Egypt, but his existence was only speculative until the early 20th century. The tomb of King Tutankhamun was unearthed in 1922, by Howard Carter. Several years later, a man named Lord Carvaveron arranged for a group of archaeologists to gather in Egypt for the massive project that was the unearthing of the tomb and removing the key materials inside. Within ten years of the dig, six people died including Lord Carnaveron. Carnaveron died only seven weeks after the expedition. A few others died quite soon after the expedition, and one man died of blood poisoning. These deaths made it seem as if there was a curse put on the tomb, to prevent tomb raiders from disturbing the eternal soul of the great Egyptian phamroah, King Tutankhamun. The myth of the "mummy's curse" has since persisted in the public consciousness since then. There are many theories for the existence of the "curse." The first is that the curse actually exists as a supernatural phenomenon integral to ancient Egyptian culture. Handwerk (n.d.) states that curses were inscribed on Egyptian tombs as a "primitive security system." The curse would cause whoever disturbed the tombs to die, thereby protecting the remains of the ancient pharoahs. Some tombs in ancient Egypt were inscribed with curses in hieroglyphics that were meant to terrify those who would "desecrate or rob the royal resting place," (Handwerk, n.d.). The inscriptions read things like,

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