In 1922, Howard Carter opened the Tomb of Tutankhamun and sparked a wave of popular and scholarly interest in Egyptology. After the Carter discovery, a team of archaeologists and their assistants arrived for the proper dig. Although Carter fared fine, six of the 26 members of the subsequent dig died within a decade of their participation in the endeavor. The leader of the archaeological expedition, Lord Carnaveron, died of blood poisoning. Because quite a few of the team members died within a relatively short period, rumors of a supernatural curse proliferated. The curse myth was fueled by media sensationalism and glorified by creative writers.
The "mummy's curse," or "pharaoh's curse" retains its fascination even though there is no evidence that it exists. Howard Carter actually was the first modern European to discover King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and would seem to be a prime target of the wrath of the gods, but no special fate befell him. Similarly, the member of the expedition that performed the actual autopsy on King Tutankhamun's mummy lived a long life. Several other people who were present during the expedition led by Lord Carnarvon did die within ten years, but of various causes. The majority of them lived longer. Rather than rule the deaths coincidental, the myth of the mummy's curse proliferated.
There are several explanations for the mystery. One is that the curse actually exists. After all, the Egyptians did have a system of curses and