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Week 2 Assignment 1
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Humanities 111
February 20, 2012

King Tutankhamen was born in 1341 BC. Tutankhamen is referred today as the Boy King or King Tut to many people around the world. King Tut’s tomb was essentially broken into long before it was discovered more than three thousand years later. “On November 4, 1922, workmen exposed the top step of a staircase which archaeologist Howard Carter followed to stumble on eleven stairs and a sealed door.” (the discovery).

The mummy’s curse or the curse of King Tut is one of the most well known and one of most famous curses known around the world. The curse pretty much states that by opening the tomb of King Tut you were doomed to die. “This popular legend was born when Lord Carnarvon, the English Earl who funded the Tutankhamen expedition, died less than six months after the opening of the tomb” (the discovery). There are many different theories to why people would die after opening the tomb. One theory given by an article from National Geographic news is that ancient toxins were the causes of the death of the people that were excavating the ancient tomb. Another theory of the curse is that newspapers that were covering news of the exhibition started the curse as a way of selling their product.

In the case of the theory that exists because of the newspapers I think this is a very plausible theory. Even in today’s society tabloids are constantly over exaggerating stories to make their sales increase. But I think that even more believable then the newspaper made the whole thing up is the theory about the ancient toxins. “Recent laboratory studies have revealed that some ancient mummies do indeed carry mold, including at least two potentially dangerous species—Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus. These molds can cause allergic reactions ranging from congestion to bleeding in the lungs” (Handwerk, 2005). This type of mold can be deadly when someone has a weakened immune...
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