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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

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Appendix II

Curse of the Pharaoh Personnel

See also Tut, curse of King.


Name

Died

Age

Years after opening

Function

Comments

Adamson, Sergeant Richard

1980+

57+

Guarded burial chamber day and night for seven years.

Closest person to Tutankhamen's remains.

Bénédite, Georges

1926

69

3

Louvre representative.

Died of heat stroke.

Breasted, Prof. J. H.

1935

70

12

Archaeologist, University of Chicago.


Bruyère, Bernard

1965+

80+

42+

Archaeologist.


Burton, Harry

1939+

16+

Official expedition photographer.

Intimately involved in all operations.

Callender, A. R.

1939

16

Assistant to Carter.

Present at all tomb operations.

Capart, Jean

1947

70

24

Belgian archaeologist.


Carnavon, Lord

1923

57

4 months

Expedition patron.

One of three persons present at opening of actual burial chamber, but died before mummy was uncovered.

Carter, Howard

1939

66

16

Chief of operations.

Most totally involved of all persons, and one of three present at opening of actual burial chamber.

Derry, Dr. Douglas

1939

80+

16

Cairo University anatomist.

Dissected and examined mummy.

Engelbach, Reginald

1946

58

23

Cairo Museum representative.


Gardiner, Sir Alan

1965+

80+

42+

Philologist.

Handled all written material.

Hall, Lindsley F.

1939+

16+

Project draftsman.

Present at all tomb operations.

Hauser, Walter

1939+

16+

Project draftsman.

Present at all tomb operations.

Herbert, Lady Evelyn

1980

78

57

Carnavon's daughter.

One of three present at opening of actual burial chamber.

Kuentz, Charles

1939+

16+



Lacau, Pierre

1965

92

42

Egyptologist, Louvre Museum.

Intimately involved in all operations.

Lefèbvre, Gustave

1957

78

34

Cairo Museum.


Lucas, Alfred

1950+

79

27+

Egyptian Government chemist.

Did analysis of mummy tissues, dust and foodstuffs.

Lythgoe, A. M.

1934

66

11

Metropolitan Museum NYC.


Mace, Arthur C.

1928

5

Metropolitan Museum NYC.

Very ill when signed on, left project early by prior agreement.

Winlock, Herbert E.

1950

66

27

Metropolitan Museum NYC.



Note: Where '—' appears, data are not presently available. Where a date such as 1939+ is shown, it indicates that the person is known to have been alive as of that date, and possibly longer.


From the table above, we see that the average life span of those involved, where we can determine that information, was seventy-three-plus years. This beats the life span expectation in actuarial tables for persons of that period and social class, by just one year. The average duration of life for these persons after the opening of the tomb, when the "curse" was supposed to become effective, was twenty-three-plus years. Particularly notable is the fact that Adamson, Carter, Burton, Derry and Lucas——those who actually opened the burial chamber and removed and handled the remains——lived an average of more than twenty-six years after their very intimate involvement with the mummy.

Also note that those who have analyzed the matter have chosen to ignore the hundreds of Egyptian laborers who were involved in the tomb operation, as if these persons were unimportant. One common laborer from the area died 70 years after he helped open the tomb, but his death was not reported as significant in the overall picture.


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