(RÉ RING / CARTER RING)
It was discovered in 1860, in the
However it was in 1922 that the ring’s popularity was born. Howard Carter owned it at this time. He and Lord Carnarvon had been actively participating in excavations for more than 7 years. On November 25th of that year, they faced a sealed tomb door bearing the following inscription: “The wings of death will touch who ever violates the pharaoh’s eternal rest” They ignored this warning and the two men entered the chamber of Tut Ankh Amon's tomb, son of the sun god and lord of both worlds.
They made one of modern history’s greatest archaeological finds; the walls were covered fabulous frescoes, they discovered a one ton solid gold casket, the royal throne was also gold covered, they also unearthed multiple sculptures and fine jewellery as well as the pharaohs personal belonging all of which had unimaginable value.
Soon after, Lord Carnarvon began to have hallucinations, his condition worsened rapidly and he eventually died, screaming Tut Ankh Amon's name. His nurse passed away a very short time after.
Carter’s secretary, present at the opening of the sarcophagus, followed; he died of an unknown aliment.
Immediately after having seen the mummy, colonel Aubey Herbert, died.
White Evelyne, one of the first to enter the tomb, hung himself.
Archibald Douglas, who x-rayed the mummy… Died.
Arthur Mace, who drilled the wall, Lafleur, one of Carter’ friends, Otto Neubert, who investigated these tragedies… All died.
Lady Carnarvon, G. Davis, D. Derry, Professors Winlock, Breadstead, Hackness, Gardiner, Woolf… deceased. In all 17 or 18 (depending on whose version) Succumbed in the days or months following the discovery.
It seems that other deaths are to be added to the list. Several people are reported to have died after having either, manipulated, lent out for exposition purposes or used objects from the Tut Ankh Amon collection.
The sole survivor to the curse is without doubt the guiltiest.
Howard Carter led the digs from start to finish, made a complete inventory, moved the treasure, and was the first to enter the tomb and to see the mummy. Since everyone related to the finds was dead, it is he that was responsible and obtained all the glory pertinent to the discovery. He died 17 years later at the age of 64.
During the 17 years in question, when he was asked how he survived the curse, he would answer: “ I have a talisman, that protects me ” but he would say no more on his good luck charm.
It was only in 1940, after his death, while examining his personal documents, that a mention of the talisman was noted…
It was the “Atlantis Ring”
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