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62969.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:25 am Reply with quote

QUESTION: Where would you see the inscription "They
who enter this sacred tomb shall swift be visited by
wings of death."

FORFEIT: In the tomb of Tutankhamun

ANSWER: In a newspaper article.

After Howard Carter and his party discovered the tomb
of Tutankhamun in 1922, the world's media went into an
Egyptology and mummy frenzy. Lord Carnarvon, the
financier of the trip, died on the 5th April, 1923,
seven weeks after the official opening of
Tutankhamun's burial chamber, and the newspapers dug
up the ancient myth of the curse of the pharaohs.

One newspaper printed a curse supposed to have been
written in hieroglyphs at the entrance of the tomb,
the translation being: They who enter this sacred
tomb shall swift be visited by wings of death, and
this curse has since entered the Tutankhamun folklore,
however predictably enough, no inscribed curse even
remotely similar to this has ever been found.

Incidentally a 2002 study showed that there was no
significant association between exposure to the
mummy's curse and survival and thus no evidence to
support the existence of a mummy's curse - hardly
surprising for a curse which was entirely invented by
a journalist.

63017.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:28 am Reply with quote

I wasn't familiar with the particular quote James cites, although I had heard of the supposed curse. Given that we really want them to talk about The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, does anyone else feel that we ought to frame the question more directly, or would you all have clocked the reference?

63025.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:48 am Reply with quote

I recognised the question from somewhere... Ah yes, it was here. Did this not make it broadcast?

I think it's a good question - the 'tomb' bit sort of leads them onto the only really famous tomb. Still, can't predict how the panel might see it...

63034.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:00 am Reply with quote

Oh "curses".

I seem to have caught Garrick's disease.

63037.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:03 am Reply with quote

I don't think it was used.

Laughing Feet
215992.  Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:59 pm Reply with quote

Did you know that, instead of a door knocker, there was a small horn at the entrance to the pyramid? Beside it was a sign which read 'toot and come in'

(Sorry - just couldn't resist)
1335131.  Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:26 pm Reply with quote

QUESTION: Who was the first to find the tomb of Tutankhamun'?

FORFEIT: Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

ANSWER: Ernest Harold Jones.

Mind you, it is something of a trick question.

Born in Barnsley in 1877 he, like his friend Carter, had gone to Egypt to work as an archaeological artist before gaining sufficient skills to undertake excavation work himself.

He spent excavation seasons at Beni Hasan, Esna, Hierakonpolis, Abydios and Amarna. Then in 1907 he was taken on by wealthy American Theodore Davis who was funding excavations in the Valley of the Kings. Henceforth he was involved in the excavations of some of the valley's most significant tombs. Initially responsible for drawing their contents he was soon appointed director o excavations, noticing the name Tutankhamun on seal impressions, ring bezels and various other finds that turned up around the valley.

In 1909 he discovered tomb KV58 which contained goldwork that again named Tutankhamun. Jones rightly suspected it to be a robbers' stash but Davis insisted it was the 'tomb of Tutankhamun', announcing it as such in 1912 and declaring the Valley of the kings 'exhausted'.

Sadly Jones had died a year earlier of tuberculosis. Carter and Carnarvon took over Jones's concession to dig in the valley. Even his grave was lost during the moving of Luxor cemetery in 2013.

Source: BBC History magazine, December 2019 edition


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