On the 16th of February, 1923, the sarcophagus of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun (a.k.a King Tut), were discovered, with his mummified remains inside. 

English archaeologist and Egyptologist, Howard Carter, led the expedition to excavate the ancient tomb of King Tut, funded by the Earl of Carnarvon. Carter and his crew discovered the steps leading to King Tut’s tomb in November 1922.  Lord Carnarvon soon joined the expedition along with his daughter. And finally on 16th February 1923, Carter opened the doorway to the burial chamber where the elaborately carved sarcophagus of one of the most famous teenage Pharaohs of the ancient civilisation was discovered.

 Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun ascended the throne when he was only 9 years old, and married his half-sister Ankhesenamen. They had two daughters both stillborn. King Tut, died aged 19, and Ankhesenamen went on to live till she was about 24.

The curse of King Tutankhamun

There were various mystery deaths post the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Lord Carnarvon was the first to die. Bitten by a mosquito and accidentally slashing it while shaving, which in turn got it infected, and as a result the earl died of the blood poisoning. 

 Sir Bruce Ingham, who came into possession of a mummified wrist of King Tut’s with a bracelet with  inscription ‘Cursed be he who moves my body. To him shall come fire, water and pestilence‘, his house burnt down soon after he received it.  Six others died after this discovery, but Carter, who survived the curse, died much much later in 1939, aged 64.

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