Curse of the Pharaohs: Mold

In 1922, the English archaeologist Howard Carter made a sensational find in the Valley of the Kings: he discovered the intact and well-stocked tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. "Death shall slay him with his wings, which disturbs the peace of Pharaoh." Legend has it that a clay tablet with this inscription was found in the more than 3, 200-year-old resting place. And really: Within a short time, the "Curse of the Pharaohs" seemed to demand his victims. Lord Carnarvon, the financier of the excavation expedition, and some archaeologists who had attended the funeral, died in a supposedly mysterious way. The news of the deadly burial chambers spread like wildfire, fueling the legend of the Pharaohs' revenge.

Mold fungus called "Aspergillus flavus"

The riddle's solution, it is believed today, was a mold called "Aspergillus flavus" (yellow watering can mold fungus). In ancient tombs and tombs, the concentration of poisonous mold spores that are inhaled through the mouth and nose can be so high that people with bad health (especially bronchi and lungs) or weak immune systems are critically ill. Despite all the scientific findings: The legend of the "Curse of the Pharaohs" is too eerily beautiful - peace in the sakrophag is therefore far from being in sight ...

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