King Tutankhamen's Curse
True, or scam?
History of the Curse
Evidence to Suport the Curse's Existance
- The day of the Carnarvon's death, his son's best hound howled and dropped dead, the cause of death is unknown (Krystek, 2012).
- Howard Carter's pet canary was suposedly eaten by a snake. The snake was the same animal statue that guarded King Tut's tomb (Latson, 2014).
- Over 7 years after the tomb opening, 11 people had died (Latson, 2014).
Evidence to Deny the Curse
- Lord Carnarvon's death was proven to be because of previous health issues he had been struggling with for past years before his death (Latson, 2014).
- Mold spores and respiratory-attacking bacterias have been known to exist in tomb walls. This could easily be the reason for the deaths within the staff (Handwerk, 2005).
- The average age of death between the people exposed to the curse and the people who had not been exposed to the curse was not significantly different (Krystek, 2012).
- The curse was merely suspicions which had connected each bad thing that happened related to the tomb opening to the curse.
- Howard Carter had invented to idea of the curse to attract the attention of the press (Radford, 2014).
- The curse really was the reason for all of the strange and horrible happenings related to the tomb opening.
What's the Answer?
Brian Handwerk. "Egypt's "King Tut Curse" Caused by Tomb Toxins?" National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/05/0506_050506_mummycurse.html>.
Krystek. "Carter and the Curse of King Tut's Mummy." Carter and the Curse of King Tut's Mummy. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://www.unmuseum.org/mob/mummy.htm>.
Latson, Jennifer. "The Origins of the 'Pharaoh's Curse' Legend." Time. Time, n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://time.com/3594676/king-tut/>.
Radford, By Benjamin. "The Curse of King Tut: Facts & Fable." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 21 Mar. 2014. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://www.livescience.com/44297-king-tut-curse.html>.
Enterance to the Tomb
This is Howard Carter (right) and the Carnarvon (left) at the enterance to King Tutankhamen's tomb.
This is Lord Carnarvon's grave.
This is the death mask that Howard Carter and a select group of archeologists removed from King Tutankhamen's mummy.