Several people connected with archaeologist Howard Carter's expeditions to the tomb of King Tut in 1923 and 1926 died soon after, fueling speculation of a curse. A study in the British Medical Journal by Australian researcher Mark R. Nelson examined 25 Westerners present at openings of the tomb, the sarcophagus, coffins and mummy studies. Nelson compared survival rates with 19 other Westerners who were in Egypt during the time the tomb was opened. He found no significant differences in life span, leading him to conclude that there was no curse [source: BMJ].
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