The King Tutankhamun Curse

The King Tutankhamun Curse

This article covers the famous archaeological find by Howard Carter and his team in 1922, and the strange deaths that followed the discovery. Was there really such a thing as the king Tutankhamun curse that managed to take the lives of people linked to the find?

Let’s take a closer look…

The Discovery

Archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter hit gold on the 4th of November, 1922, when he and his group uncovered a set of stairs that led to the tomb of 14th-century BC Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

It quickly became one of the most popular archaeological finds of all time, with media all over the globe covering it.

Many important artifacts were obtained during the excavation, giving historians new angles on ancient Egyptian history, literature, religion and art. These artifacts ended up touring the world in extremely popular museum shows.

Archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter

On the 26th of November, Carter was joined by his employer Lord Carnarvon and his daughter…they then finally managed to carefully breach into the main tomb.

The King Tutankhamun Curse

Shortly after they located the sarcophagus of the boy prince in the actual burial chamber…the curse hit the band of archaeologists…

Carnarvon was the first to go.

A rather large mosquito bite appeared on his face overnight, and the next morning he accidentally cut into it when he was shaving. This quickly resulted in blood poisoning…which killed him.

tutankhamun coffin

Noted Spiritualist and famous author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, suggested that some sort of supernatural ‘elements’ had been disturbed when the tomb was entered. He believed that these entities were created by the Pharaoh’s priests and left in the tomb to guard the king’s possessions.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s suggestions managed to take the idea of ‘the curse’ into overdrive – with an overzealous media and paranoid public creating all sorts of strange tales linked to it.

Ten deaths have been attributed to the king Tutankhamun curse but there are many skeptics out there. Most of them point to the fact that the main man himself, Howard Carter, lived for a decade after the discovery and eventually died of natural causes.

Modern science also points to the fact that these ancient tombs can contain all types of twisted and aged bacteria. If individuals with already weakened immune systems are exposed to these, they could well end up being fatal.

curse tutankhamun tomb

But there have been a number of paranormal incidents linked to the tomb in recent times. The most famous of these was when a British television crew set up in the tomb for a documentary.

They continually had problems with their equipment going haywire and a number of crew supposedly fell ill with mysterious diseases after arriving home.

What are your thoughts on this subject – do you believe that Howard Carter managed to disturb entities which in turn released an ancient curse?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

7 comments on “The King Tutankhamun Curse

  1. No one is 100% sure about what is actually happening in that place and a lot of speculations are going around. There might be some element of truth in those speculations but who knows. Scientist explained the bizarre occurrences as released bacterial and spiritualist claim they were caused by disturbed spirits. Who are we to believe but to even add more speculations to these occurrences. 

  2. Nice article.

    When experts investigated the death of Lord Carnarvon, they found toxins, but they did not only cause death. Before he went to Tutankhamon’s tomb, Lord Carnarvon was chronically ill.

    Hawkeye University Epidemic Professor Miller said Lord Carnarvon was probably more secure in the tomb than outside her.

    Although suspected bacteria in the tombs, Professor Miller is of the opinion that one thing is certain, that today, with modern technology, the opening of a tomb is a risk because there is always the possibility that the archeologist will take some bacteria.

    Have a nice day,


  3. This is one of the first major curse stories I ever heard about, and over the years, have looked into the different documentaries and articles on the subject. I cannot say if it is true or not, but I suspect that it is more a matter of chance than any curse.

    Much like the Bermuda Triangle, there are likely more natural reasons for the strange occurrences that have been documented over time with the King Tutankhamun curse. It does make for good copy and sales, however. This may be a driving factor as to why it lingers. 

    I have been looking at other unexplained mysteries out there, and as they are examined, a lot of the unexplained falls away, Aliens, the Bible, early civilizations, the pyramids, and so many more. There is a lot we don’t know, and once we start to learn about what we don’t know, it becomes understandable to me.

    Most certainly this whole curse thing is interesting to me when I add it to some of the other paranormal incidents that I have researched. I do believe that there are levels of reality that we can not see or experience. I also believe that over the next few years, we will learn more and perhaps some of these strange phenomena will clear themselves up.

    1. I’m with you on that Dave – I also believe over the next few years we will be clearing up certain ‘mysteries’ and finally finding out the truth behind them. Thanks for reading and commenting mate! 

  4. Actually there are some mysterious covenant our ancestor goes into without considering the negative effect of it to the generations to come and then in future if broken has some consequences. Tutankhamun Curse is one of those irrational actions the Egyptian ancestors took , why did they not make the curse to differentiate between thieves and archaeologists instead of placing it on anyone who disturbs the tomb of an Ancient Egyptian person. It’s very irrational

    1. Well…

      I’m not really sure you can ‘tweak’ the parameters of a curse mate. I’m no expert, but I think a curse is setup to do one thing and one thing alone. It can’t distinguish (as far as I know!). 

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