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  Mummy's curse is probably a myth
Updated 20 December 2002, 18.01
Tutankhamun death mask
A famous mummy's curse of Tutankhamen's tomb probably isn't true according to scientists.

The curse was said to have been put on everyone who was there when the pharaoh's tomb was opened in Egypt in 1923.

The myth said they'd all died young or in suspicious ways.

Dog died

Fact File
Who was Tutankhamen?
A young Pharaoh king who's death is a mystery
He might have been murdered before he was 20
He died more than 3,000 years ago
His remains are still in the tomb

The man who paid for the trip to find the mummy, Lord Carnarvon, died the same year after being bitten by a mosquito.

Then it was said his dog howled at the very time his master died, and died himself straight afterwards.

Australian scientist Mark Nelson has looked back to see if all the 25 people there at time really did die young.

He found the 'cursed' group had lived slightly shorter lives - but still lived on average to about 70 - the average age of death back then was 75.

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