Wednesday, April 25, 2012


People call him King Tut, and he lived in Egypt around 1350 BC The boy king died at the young age of eighteen. His body was at rest for more than 3,000 year in a tomb. In November 1922, the British Egyptologist   Howard Carter discovered his tomb. It still contained many beautiful and valuable objects from the king's time.
And the pharaoh's mummy was still inside a coffin of 240 pounds (110 kilograms) of pure gold. Carter and king Tut became famous. This was an important discovery because the coffin was in perfect condition. And then there was the story of the mummy's curse. The curse predicted bad things for those who touched a pharaoh's mummy. he curse said, "Death will come to those who disturb the sleep of the Pharaohs."

Lord Carnavon paid for Carter's expedition. Several months after the tomb's discovery, he died in his hotel in Cairo. At the same time, at Carnavon's house in England, his dog made a terrible howl in the middle of the night. Then it suddenly died. In the next few years, other members of Carter's expedition died. Six years after the opening of the tomb, twelve of those present were dead. Of the original group, only Carter lived to a ripe old age. All the others died. Was this just a coincidence? Or was it the pharaohs' curse?

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