Archaeologists at lunch in the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses XI, 1923, Egypt
Lord George Carnarvon, who financed the excavation, unexpectedly died on April 5, 1923 in Cairo, from pneumonia, of course, almost immediately, mystifications arose around his death. In subsequent years, the press vigorously stirred up rumors about the "curse of the pharaohs", which allegedly led to the death of the discoverers of the tomb.
Contrary to popular belief about the curse, the facts show that all the evidence was fitted to achieve a newspaper sensation: the absolute majority of the participants in the Carter expedition reached old age, and their average life expectancy is 74.4 years. Howard Carter (pictured second from right), who directly supervised all the work in the tomb, would seem to have fallen the first victim of the “curse of Pharaoh”, but he died last - in 1939 at the age of 64, in his bed and due to natural causes .
Guess who took this photo? That's right - Lord Carnarvon.