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'Cursed' tombs and discoveries through the years

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 18: A statue of the death-mask of Tutanchamun, isolated on a white background

The curse of the pharaohs

Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who ruled from 1332-1323 BC. His tomb was discovered in 1922, by an expedition financed by George Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, and led by English archaeologist Howard Carter. On Feb. 16, 1923, his burial chamber was opened and, according to Egyptian belief, the “curse of the pharaohs” was unleashed.

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