Smithsonian Channel™ to debut “The Curse of Tutankhamun” on Sunday, June 26
Smithsonian Channel™ will kick off a half-day stunt on the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, culminating in a one-hour special, The Curse of Tutankhamun, that unlocks one of the most famous mysteries of Egyptian history; the “curse” of King Tut. The stunt will air on Sunday, June 26 starting at 1/2c with The Curse of Tutankhamun airing at 8/7c.
Using archive and stills, as well as interviews with Egyptologists and cultural historians, The Curse of Tutankhamun pieces together the extraordinary story of Carter and Carnarvon’s discovery and explores the chilling history of the world’s most famous curse.
Since the discovery of the richest tomb ever found in Egypt a century ago, King Tutankhamun’s tomb has been at the center of rivalry, controversy, and rumor. Part of the fascination with the ‘Boy King’ has always been the suspicion that a curse guarded his tomb, and ill fate would befall any who would defile his final resting place. When British archaeologist Howard Carter broke through the sealed entrance of the lost tomb in November 1922 to reveal thousands of priceless funerary artifacts and the teenage body of Tutankhamun, rumors of the Pharaoh’s revenge consumed the media. When Carter’s benefactor Lord Carnarvon suddenly died, the belief that a curse had been unleashed ran like wildfire. Newspapers hyped this link with scant regard for the facts, and the myth of the mummy’s curse was born.