Friday, March 10, 2006

Return To The Valley Of The Kings

26th November 1922, British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first souls to enter King Tutankhamen's Egyptian tomb in over 3,000 years.

Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb of the teenage pharaoh three weeks before, hidden in debris near the excavated tomb of King Ramses VI.

Tutankhamen’s sealed chambers were miraculously intact, and inside was a collection of several thousand objects, including a gold coffin containing the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen.

In 1922 the fifth Earl of Carnarvon died from an infected mosquito bite just weeks after discovering the tomb. From that day the family name became synonymous with the curse of the Pharoahs.

Defying the curse that has haunted their family for three generations, a member of the Carnarvon family returns to the site of Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time in 75 years. Lord Porchester, Carnarvon’s great-grandson, defies the hex and returns to supervise an excavation in Thebes.

This is the story of the mild-mannered aristocrat’s exploration of his family history. It is also the story of the dig and the discovery of a burial chamber with the last remains of Sennerferi, a high official at the Pharaoh’s court.


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