A British archaeologist, Howard Crater, discovered King Tut’s tomb back in 1922. The pharaoh Tutankhamun died in 1323 BC at the age of 19. Most of the tombs of the kings were plundered in olden days, but King Tut’s remained untouched for some unfathomable reasons.
The Earl of Carnarvon was a massive fan of the Egyptian dynasty. He financed the entire project and accompanied Crater to the burial chambers of the young king of Egypt. They ultimately discovered the mummified body of King Tut along with multiple religious objects, paintings, equipment, etc.
The discovery was covered by multiple news channels and it was spread like wildfire. Various organizations wanted to have more information regarding the excavation process. However, they were unaware of the death that was lurking over their heads.
Quite a lot of egyptologists opposed the idea, though. They voted against the excavations as there was a strange tale that revolved around King Tut’s tomb. It was believed to be cursed.
The Earl of Carnarvon lost his life at the age of 56 during his stay in Egypt. Several other members of his team eventually died for one reason or the other. The world demanded answers from Howard Crater, and he too died soon after.
The ones that survived to tell the tale remained frightened throughout their lives. Multiple people died because they disrupted King Tut’s peace.
It is still unknown if the curse was real or the people involved in excavations died naturally. However, the government and authorities demanded the tomb to be sealed back. A civil conflict erupted, and the people of Egypt demanded the king to be placed back into his burial chamber. They feared that they would die. They had all the reasons to believe that King Tut’s tomb was indeed cursed.
Multiple researchers have now suggested that the pharaoh’s curse was biological in nature. The tombs or burial chambers that are sealed for thousands of years generally house pathogens, and they can be hazardous or even lethal. This could be why multiple people died.
The chamber was basically a mausoleum. According to certain experts and studies that were conducted afterwards, some ancient mummies carry mold, including Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus, which are known to cause congestion or bleeding in the lungs.
Moreover, the bacteria that affect the lungs such as Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus also build on the tomb walls. Hence, the aforementioned substances make tombs extremely lethal. However, certain scientists speak against the idea.
It is still unclear what caused those deaths. The curse of King Tut‘s tomb took multiple lives, and it still lives. The scientists have not been able to identify the cause of deaths that happened because of King Tut’s tomb. The people who excavated the tomb died due to dissimilar reasons. The deaths, however, spread wild rumours throughout Egypt.
Science does not believe in myths and legends. Hence, various excavations still take place in different parts of Egypt. For example, the archaeologists are still after Cleopatra‘s tomb. They firmly believe that they’d be able to locate it one day. It’s significant to discover her resting place because just like King Tut, she was also a famous Egyptian figure.