Egypt is one of our favorite topics to cover. And how could it not be? The ancient Egyptian pharaohs have long been a source of fascination and mystery. Among them, the boy king Tutankhamen stands out as a symbol of both grandeur and a supposed curse that sent shivers down the spines of archaeologists and adventurers alike. But is there really any truth to the alleged curse of King Tutankhamen? Or is it all just made up? Well, that’s exactly what we want to discuss today. So join us as we delve into the intriguing world of King Tut’s tomb and the infamous “Curse of the Pharaohs”.
The Discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Of course, the first thing that we have to discuss is the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. All happened back in 1922, when a British archaeologist named Howard Carter unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. It was the discovery of the century, as the tomb was nearly intact. Of course, it wasn’t empty. Besides the mummy, it was also filled with a wealth of artifacts and treasures. From precious gold, intricate jewelry, to the iconic death mask of the young pharaoh.
The History of the Curse
Almost immediately after the tomb’s opening, rumors of a “curse” began circulating. Which isn’t to surprise considering how much of a whirlwind the discovery caused. It was said that those who entered the tomb would face some harsh consequences—illness, accidents, and even death. The media sensationalized these claims, attributing the deaths of several people associated with the expedition to the curse. Newspapers around the world ran sensational headlines, and the curse of the pharaohs became a global phenomenon. In total, there were about 9 deaths. And I have to admit, there is something eerie about them. Most of the deaths were very sudden, and easily preventable. You can read a bit more about them here.
Skeptics argue that the so-called curse is merely a series of coincidences. After all, the mortality rate in early 20th-century Egypt was relatively high due to factors such as infections and the lack of modern medical care. However, some deaths did stand out, such as that of Lord Carnarvon, who financed the excavation. He died of an infected mosquito bite, and the lights in Cairo reportedly flickered at the exact moment of his death. These eerie coincidences fueled the belief in the curse.
Is There a Plausible Explanation?
Modern science offers alternative explanations for the supposed curse. The most compelling theory suggests that the tomb’s burial chamber contained toxins like mold or fungi, which could have led to respiratory issues in the crew who entered it. Another theory is that the initial autopsy of King Tut’s mummy exposed the archaeologists to harmful bacteria, which could’ve also caused the illness. These scientific explanations, while plausible, do fully explain away the whole curse.
So it’s no surprise that it still remains a topic of debate and fascination. While many scientists dismiss it as superstition, many people choose to still believe in it. The story of King Tut and his supposed curse still captures the imagination of adventurers, paranormal enthusiasts, and history buffs alike. It serves as a reminder that history is not static. It’s something that never stops evolving with us.