He was an Egyptian boy king, who died only when he was 18. Before 1923, only his tombs were not found, although he was not the first or last king. What made his tombs so special was that it was hidden underground, and covered with tons of sand, instead of in pyramid.
The 5th Earl of Carnarvon wanted to find King Tut's tomb. He asked one of his employees, archaeologist Howard Carter to do the job. In October 1922, Carter bought himself a yellow cannery. His Egyptian workers said it would bring him good luck. On 26 November 1922, Carter and Carnarvon found the tomb, and went into it to take a look. Four days later, Carnarvon recived a prophecy of his death in Egypt which the noted mystic, Count Hamon, had received by automatic writing.
On the head-dress of the mummy's golden mask was the image of the cobra goddess which protected the royalty. Soon after the tomb was found, a cobra ate Carter's cannery. The Egyptian workers on the site was sure that someone would die soon. Really, it did.
Weeks after the official opening of the tomb, Carnarvon fell ill. His teeth were falling out and he had high fever. Later, he slipped into a coma. He died on 4 April 1923, aged 57. It was said that right after its master died, his pet fox terrier howled, and too died.
People began saying that the Pharaoh's tomb was cursed. There was words above King Tut's tombs that said 'Death shall come to him who touches the tomb' or another one was 'Death will slay with wings whoever disturbs the peace of the pharaohs'.
Such 'curses' were written on some royal tombs in Egypt. But Carter maintained that there was no such curse for King Tut's tomb. In early 1980s, Richard Adamson, a former policeman who had worked as a guard on the dig, said that the curse was started by Carnarvon himself so as to keep thieves away from the treasures.
But, there have been many sudden and explicable deaths among those who have visited the tomb. A Professor La Fleur died a few hours later after he has visited the tomb; American millionaire George Jay-Gould died the same day after developing a fever. Some others like A.C. Mace and Richard Bethell, both Carter's assistant, died a few years later. In total, 21 people who have visited the tomb died.
Strange enough, the very person who led the team that found the grave and kept some treasures for his own personal collection lived another 17 years without mishap and died only in 1939, at the age of 65.
One of the latest theories was that the mummies or the tombs were radioactive. It was suggested that Carnarvon and the others died of radiation sickness. But, it seems that Howard Carter was immune to it.
Home | What We Say | An Anti Curse | Pharaoh's Curse | Pictures