19. What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle claim was the cause of this man’s death in April 1923?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #19
The curse of the mummy’s tomb. George Herbert, Lord Carnarvon, sponsored archaeologist Howard Carter’s search for Tutankhamun’s burial place in the Valley of the Kings. After years of frustration, Carter finally located the Pharaoh’s sealed tomb in November, 1922. The discovery caused a media sensation and rumors began to circulate that anyone disturbing the tomb’s contents would be subject to a curse.
Shortly after the tomb’s official opening, Lord Carnarvon, who had been in poor health, received a mosquito bite. The bite became infected and developed into blood poisoning, eventually leading to his death.
In a newspaper interview, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and a follower of the occult, speculated that ancient priests had spread deadly “elementals” (spores) around the tomb to protect it from grave robbers.
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