HUM 111 World Cultures I
The “Mummy’s Curse” of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb
The mystery behind King Tutankhamen’s (or King Tut’s) curse is that anyone directly involved with disturbing and entering the preserved tomb would have something terrible or unfortunate happen to them. According to KingTutOne.com, the media at the time published a story that since Lord Carnarvon had funded the expedition of King Tut’s tomb, his untimely death shortly after the tomb had been disturbed was a direct result of the curse ("KingTutOne.com | The Curse of the Mummy," n.d.).
It began when Lord Carnarvon was bitten on the cheek by a mosquito, then the next day opened the bite when shaving. This caused the wound to become infected, and Lord Carnarvon suffered from high fever and needed to be confined to bed rest for two days. He later relapsed into pneumonia, which killed him before a doctor could see him in Cairo ("The Life of Lord Carnarvon," n.d.). A theory supporting the curse, would be a tomb toxin was preserved for thousands of years, and would be deadly to people with a weak immune system. It was known that Lord Carnarvon was not in the greatest health when visiting the tomb, and was therefore susceptible to disease.
As a more realistic theory, similar to a tomb toxin, is that the unsanitary conditions of Egypt in the 1920’s made it difficult to keep the spread of disease at bay. And Lord Carnarvon’s death is most likely the result of outside influences rather than that of tomb toxins…