The Three Curses of Tutankhamun

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The Theban Necropolis (TNA, CO 1047/57)


The Three Curses of Tutankhamun

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 Saturday 19 November 2022


  Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

  Free, booking required

This lecture is fully booked.

About the event

Tutankhamun lay in his tomb (almost) undisturbed until 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter, his wealthy patron Lord Carnarvon, and their Egyptian workers opened it and revealed him to the world. It was the discovery of the century, but it came with a price. Or rather three prices – the three curses of Tutankhamun: overwhelming popularity, damaging political blunders, and lingering ancient dark magic.


Dr Juliette Desplat is Head of Modern History at The National Archives. She specialises in Middle Eastern history especially looking at the history of archaeology.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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In collaboration with The Griffith Institute.

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