Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Age-Old Mystery: Revenge of the Pharaohs?
King Tutankhamen, boy-king of Egypt, one of the most well-known historical figures in the world. He was well-known for his short rule over Egypt and his mysterious, sudden death. Tutankhamen lay undisturbed in the Valley of Kings for thousands of years until Howard Carter made one of the most crucial archeological discoveries in history. By finding King Tut’s tomb, Carter had unveiled priceless artifacts previously untouched by human hands for thousands of years. Although the unearthing of Tut’s tomb was remarkable, the questionable aftermath of the discovery still baffles people around the world. The strange string of events started in April of 1923, two months after Carter’s discovery of Tut’s tomb. Lord Carnarvon, the sponsor for the excavation, died suspiciously in April from “complications from a mosquito bite”. Soon after his death, Carnarvon’s dog died along with his wife and Carter’s partner. As a result of opening Tut’s tomb, Carter supposedly unleashed the “mummy’s curse”, conjured to doom those who disturbed the Egyptian dead. On King Tutankhamen’s tomb, an inscription allegedly reads, “Death will come on swift pinions to those who disturb the rest of the pharaoh”, which makes one think if the so-called curse did in fact exsist. So now all we can ask ourselves is: Do you believe in the “mummy’s curse”?