ANCIENT EGYPT: MYSTERIOUS ARTIFACTS
Time is the most ruthless executioner of the historical culture. Nobody can say how many mysteries were buried under the dust of centuries, so many artifacts and mystical items will never be found. However, there is a lot of puzzles that people found, but could not explain. The most prominent archaeologists and historians are trying to find a clue and their attempt are not always successful. Mysterious puzzles are often a big challenge.
The ancient Egyptian civilization is a good example. Being one of the most ancient and powerful, this civilization is still the object of careful research of archaeologists. The most famous archaeological discovery of ancient Egypt is considered to be the tomb of Tutankhamen found in the Valley of the Kings. Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered it by accident. It is difficult to imagine how many ornaments and jewelry have been found in this tomb. The pharaoh ruled the country for a pretty short period of time and died in adolescence. Why so much honor then? Is not it strange? Another mystery of ancient Egypt is the governor of the Sun God. Scientists are still arguing about it.
For eight years, until 1930 more than 5,000 items were removed from the tomb. This treasure was shipped to the UK. Believe it or not, but the items found in the tomb of Tutankhamen are still being researched! If the process keeps on in the same tempo, over 200 years are needed to research all the objects found in the tomb of Pharaoh.
Some artifacts of the most famous tombs are very strange, and sometimes are even horrifying. A few years ago, a resident of South Africa suddenly announced that she wanted to return the amulet stolen from the tomb of Tutankhamun. She had decided to do that not because of her great kindness, "Curse of the Pharaoh" was the reason and the woman was scared to death. The artifact in the form of a scarab was stolen in 1922, i.e. at the beginning of excavation. Then, a series of deaths and misery began, that affected the owners of the amulet. The first owner, a British sailor who had bought the amulet in Cairo, drowned in a shipwreck. Artifact went to his daughter and she died of leukemia at age 21. "Cursed" scarab found the new owner, - the lady who decided to return the amulet to Egypt since she had lost her husband and daughter.
This story is not the only one. The whole way the archaeological excavations of ancient Egypt is filled with corpses and blood. But for the most part - the cause was not the ancient pharaoh's curse, but robbers - Hunters for gold and artifacts. The workers who stole the scarab, they also ended up badly.
By the way, the series of deaths of those who worked on the excavation of Tutankhamen's tomb, was explained later. The curse of the pharaoh was a combination of aromatic substances, placed in the tomb. Each of these flavors are harmless, but being put together they literally poisoned the air. Thanks to them all the decorations of the tomb were preserved in the perfect way, as if those things were put there recently, not millennia before the excavation. The flavor had the lethal effect in the XX century. Lord Carnarvon was one of its victims. He was one of those who went to the tomb first and soon he became ill with fever, then pneumonia began, and he died on April 5, 1924.
The next victim was Arthur Mace, the archaeologist. He died under very strange circumstances, and the doctors could not say what caused the death. Soon Radiologist Archibald Douglas Reid died, he did x-ray of the mummy of Pharaoh. His dead body was found on the outskirts of Cairo. The unexplained deaths caused panic. The workers refused to participate in the excavation.
Anyway, there is a lot of mysticism related to the tomb of Tutankhamun. When scientists began to study the mummy of Pharaoh, a small charm with the image of threatening animal-like creatures was found on his chest, and marked letters were on the reverse side of the artifact. The text read: "The troubles and misfortunes will fall upon the head of those who dare disturb my master."