Anthony Sattin

Taking off the Bandages

The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut’s Mummy

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Be careful what you wish for. I wonder if those words were ringing in Howard Carter’s ears after 1922. For years he and his patron, Lord Carnarvon, had done hard labour breaking rocks in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, hoping for a find that would make their names, if not their fortunes (Carnarvon already had one of those). Opening Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922 revealed the greatest archaeological hoard of modern times and certainly brought them fame. It brought other things too.

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