The gold sarcophagus of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun on display. When Lord Carnarvon, sponsor of Howard Carter’s successful quest to find his tomb, died soon after witnessing its opening, gossips blamed “the mummy’s curse”. Photo: Getty Images
The gold sarcophagus of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun on display. When Lord Carnarvon, sponsor of Howard Carter’s successful quest to find his tomb, died soon after witnessing its opening, gossips blamed “the mummy’s curse”. Photo: Getty Images

How the grave of pharaoh Tutankhamun was found, and ‘the mummy’s curse’ the media peddled when the dig’s sponsor died soon after

  • Egyptologist Howard Carter made the find of a lifetime a century ago after a five-year search in the Valley of the Kings for the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun
  • His search was followed closely by London’s newspapers; some made up stories such as ‘the mummy’s curse’ said to have killed Carter’s sponsor, Lord Carnarvon

The gold sarcophagus of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun on display. When Lord Carnarvon, sponsor of Howard Carter’s successful quest to find his tomb, died soon after witnessing its opening, gossips blamed “the mummy’s curse”. Photo: Getty Images
The gold sarcophagus of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun on display. When Lord Carnarvon, sponsor of Howard Carter’s successful quest to find his tomb, died soon after witnessing its opening, gossips blamed “the mummy’s curse”. Photo: Getty Images
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