King Tut's Curse by William Lace

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The season ended with nothing of value found. Carnarvon joined the effort the next year. The entire triangle was cleared of debris down to bedrock, but they found nothing except some alabaster jars bearing the names of the pharaohs Ramesses II and Merenptah. The next three seasons—1919 through 1921—produced nothing, but an exciting and encouraging discovery was to come from an unlikely source: the United States. Winlock’s Discovery Herbert Winlock of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City had gotten around to studying the artifacts found by Davis back in 1907.

52 suggested that hearings He was correct. The swabs were sent to be held on any possible danger from mummies a laboratory for an analysis that showed in American museums. the fungi to be inactive. Bacterial Infection If fungi were not the culprits of the curse, what about bacteria? Carter ruled them out, writing that “it may be accepted that no bacterial life whatsoever was present. ”53 Carter’s opinion was based on the swabs, but it might have been difficult to generalize the absence of bacteria in an entire tomb from five swabs.

So, if there had been a curse such as the ones supposedly invoking death’s wings, it would have been extremely potent. The problem with this particular curse is that there is no reliable evidence that it ever existed. Moreover, it is not the kind of curse usu58 ally found on tombs. It threatens those who disturb the pharaoh’s rest in very general terms, whereas most of the curses that have been found in tombs have been very specific as to what will befall the interloper. If anyone were to enter the tomb of the overseer Petety, for instance, “the priest of Hathor will beat twice any one of you who enters this tomb or does harm to it.

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