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Curse of the pharaohs

Curse of the pharaohs
"Curse of the Pharaohs" - a magic spell, supposedly protecting the tomb of the ancient Egyptian rulers from the invading robbers and curious. The term originated with a light hand British newsmen, noticed a strange pattern: many archaeologists who have studied the culture of ancient Egypt, died under mysterious circumstances. The beginning of the legend of the stable "curse of the Pharaohs" served as a cover story with a fragment of Egyptian sarcophagus - the current exhibit of the British Museum. The first owner of the relic Douglas Murray bought the sarcophagus in the 60s of the last century. And as soon as he became his property Murray lost an arm due to the explosion of its own guns. The ship which was sent to the sarcophagus almost sank in England. The house in which the first placed the coffin burned. The photographer, who shot an ancient relic, shot himself. The list of misfortunes, extending over an Egyptian sarcophagus can be continued for a long time.

The archaeological discovery of the century - the so-called found in 1922 by British scientist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt tomb of the boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun. Later spread around the world the mystical mystery of the "curse of the Pharaohs": according to legend, anyone who dared to enter his tomb. doomed to destruction.

Indeed, most of the members of the expedition have died, and some died under mysterious circumstances soon after the work in the tomb. For example, three weeks from a mosquito bite Lord Carnarvon died, financed the expedition. Similar consider befell the American Egyptologist Arthur Mace and the Louvre employee, the French scientist Georges Benedita. He died suddenly at the time of the study mummies using X-rays Dr. Archibald Reid. Just soon after visiting the tomb died of unexplained sudden death more than 20 people! Curse of the Pharaoh "is not affected only by Howard Carter. By 1930, he was the only living members of the expedition.

In November 1962 in the Egyptian capital, a professor of biology and medicine at Cairo University SD Din Taha said that each of the working indoors pyramids virus that causes inflammation of the respiratory tract has been found. A number of similar viruses Taha and discovered during the examination of mummies. According to scientists, one of them is able to maintain its viability to four thousand years! The professor said with confidence: "Curse of the Pharaohs can be neutralized by means of simple antibiotics."

Yet indisputable evidence of this hypothesis was not. Irish scientist-physician George Dean found that the cause of death was toxic fungal dust produced by the decomposition of litter bats. Other scientists have said about the unknown toxin that allegedly used by ancient Egyptians against defilers graves, as well as radioactivity.

Again, remember the "curse of the Pharaohs" caused the mysterious death of twelve people who participated in 1973 in Krakow during opening and analysis of the tomb of the Polish king Casimir IV Jagiellon, who ruled from 1447 for the years 1942. Polish version of "deadly curse" has prompted medical experts to undertake a detailed study of the circumstances of this tragic phenomenon.

The analysis in the sarcophagus were found not known to science bacteria and one particularly aggressive microbe commonly found in wetland areas or rotten from damp buildings. Prior to 1984, the researchers did not expect that this dangerous microorganism can live for hundreds of years under the ground without air access and maintain its activity. While not yet been known the mechanism of action of this microbe.

But in 1985, a pediatrician Carolina-Senger-Philippe defended his thesis in Strasbourg, the theme of which was "the curse of the Pharaohs." This thirty-year-old woman came to the conclusion that the cause of death was "imunoallergicheskaya bronhopnevmopatologiya", which is caused by a special kind of fungus, already known to physicians. However, its development requires humidity, and its something, According to experts, it was not in the tomb. Proof of this is the well-preserved "exhibits" the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Therefore, skeptics doubt today: whether "the curse of the pharaoh 'disease is caused, known to the ancient Egyptians, but still not yet known by modern science? And by chance there came to the tomb Jagiellonian deadly microbe and he placed there deliberately?

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