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Did The Curse Of Tutankhamum Strike Lord Carnarvon?


10:07am 5th April 2013

Did the curse of Tutankhamum strike Lord Carnarvon?

The Tutankhamum Exhibition in Dorchester is marking the 90th anniversary of the death of the man who discovered the tomb in the Valley of The Kings.

Lord Carnarvon died after cutting a mosquito bite on his face when shaving.

Rumours were started that his sudden death was a result of the tomb being protected by an ancient curse.

Tim Batty, curator of the exhibition said stories abounded about his death.

Speaking in front of a reconstruction of Tutankhamun's burial chamber, he said  "One story was that when Carnarvon died all the lights in Cairo suddenly went out. Another was that Susie, Carnarvon's dog in England suddenly let out an enormous howl and died.

Tim continued  " Nearly everyone who visits the exhibition has heard of the curse. They are intrigued by it.  However, we try to place rumours and stories into perspective. The truth is that many people who were involved with the discovery of the tomb lived to a ripe old age. But myths have a habit of outliving the truth and people just love them. I am afraid the curse is here to stay…..and that's what our visitors are intrigued with so we hope this display helps to set the record straight.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester is on High West Street, and is open everyday including Sunday.

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