General Discussion, Thursday, February 16, 2023

On February 16, 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun was unsealed by British archaeologist Howard Carter; his discovery of the tomb the previous year was one of the most-celebrated contributions to Egyptology.

The first step of the tomb’s entrance staircase was uncovered on 4 November 1922. By February 1923 the antechamber had been cleared of everything but two sentinel statues. A day and time were selected to unseal the tomb with about twenty appointed witnesses that included Lord Carnarvon, several Egyptian officials, museum representatives and the staff of the Government Press Bureau. On 17 February 1923 at just after two o’clock, the seal was broken.

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, bankrolled the excavation. The money was no doubt provided by his wife, Almina, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild. Upon her marriage to the Earl, a dowry of £500,000 was provided by her father, and on Rothschild’s death in 1918, she inherited £50,000 and his Mayfair house with its art collection, most of which she sold.

Lord Carnarvon’s ancestral home Highclere Castle, is the site known in popular culture as Downton Abbey.

Lord Carnarvon did not have long to enjoy the discovery of the tomb; on March 19, 1923, Carnarvon suffered a severe mosquito bite which became infected with erysipelas after a razor cut. On  April 5 he died in the Continental-Savoy Hotel in Cairo caused, according to reports at the time, by blood poisoning progressing to pneumonia.

For many years, rumors of a “curse of the pharaohs” persisted, fueled by the early death of some of those who had entered the tomb, including Lord Carnarvon.


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41 Responses to General Discussion, Thursday, February 16, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars, have a Thankful Thursday in Southeast Asia….

    The Petronas Towers (built 1998), Koala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia…

    Rice terraces, Mekong Delta, Vietnam…

    Naypyitaw, the new capital (2005) of Myanmar (Burma)…

    Mayon Volcano, Bicol, the Philippines…

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    • Lucille says:

      It’s easy to forget how close everything is together in that section of the world…of course the distances are quite extensive in reality, but look at Australia in relation to China….

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  2. Lucille says:

    The Excavation of Tutankhamun’s Mummy | King Tut in Color
    National Geographic – Posted November 7, 2021

    YouTube has numerous vids of all phases of the find. Very worthwhile going through them.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Lucille says:

    When Alvin visited the wreck of the Titanic
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – Newly released footage Posted 2/15/23

    This rare, uncut, and unnarrated footage of the wreck of Titanic marks the first time humans set eyes on the ill-fated ship since 1912 and includes many other iconic scenes. Captured in July 1986 from cameras on the human-occupied submersible Alvin and the newly built, remotely operated Jason Junior, most of this footage has never been released to the public. Runtime: 1hr 21min

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I went to the Titanic exhibit years ago. It was all fascinating, but one of the things that comes to mind first was a room where they had a railing like on the Titanic and there was darkness, humidity, stars, and a breeze, giving you the sensations those people would have had that night,

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! We’re saved – Mayor Pete is studying the problem.

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  5. weather257 says:

    Morning Stellars…hope the day brings good things to all! Thank you, Stella, for the very interesting perspective re Lord Carnarvon.
    Ancient history is intriguing to no end; however, I have a mixed emotions at the opening of tombs and burial sites of any epoch. These were individuals who left mourners and were laid to rest for eternity; breaching their resting places in the name of archeology seems somewhat cavalier.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good day, weather! Don’t mean to be contrary, but archeological digs don’t bother me. We’d have much less understanding of our human history without it.

      It would be fascinating if Alexander the Great’s burial place could be found and if there was any possibility of finding out what caused his horrible death. Granted it would just be knowledge for knowledge’s sake since it would have no present-day application. But clearing up mysteries is quite satisfying.

      If I were a worthwhile historical character or came from a previously unknown or misunderstood culture and finding my burial spot helped human understanding, it would all be worthwhile to me.

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    • Stella says:

      I think there is a distinction between tomb robbers and archeologists. I watch a lot of programs about archeological digs and, I will say, I think that archaeologists often make large leaps of faith in deciding/describing what happened based upon their discoveries. Regardless of what you or I think about these digs, this is interesting:

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Afternoon, All. 10* here this morning. Not complaining, anything over 0* is okay. Also, there is a bright blue sky with no clouds at the moment. So it is very very sunny. I never expected the sun to be so bright here. But, it is. It really is a beautiful country, especially when it is sunny and there is snow on the tops of the surrounding mountains.

    The news about this train derailment is horrendous. I feel for all those people anywhere near the so-called accident.

    Hope everyone here stays safe and healthy.

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    • Stella says:

      Hi mom! There’s a reason they call it big sky! Our temps dropped dramatically this morning. It was 60 degrees yesterday; now it’s in the 30’s. I hear we have a “winter weather advisory”. Oh well, it is February.

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    • Sharon says:

      There is nothing brighter than the sun on a layer of fresh Montana snow when the temperature is anywhere from 15 above to 15 below. I remember it as being such an icy white that it was beyond white. It was so white it was like the palest blue possible. Just astonishing to try to take in.

      Those are also the conditions under which those caught in the great outdoors on foot somewhere and unable to get to shelter may experience snow-blindness. Just “too bright to see” and painful.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Interesting. It actually is almost blinding to look out into it. And, the reflection off the snow makes it brighter here so I don’t fell like I am missing the sun. Also, back in August the sun was bright and intense. What I was a little concerned about was it being too dark here for me, a Southernor who was so used to the sun.

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  7. Stella says:

    Today is Tucker’s 6th birthday! Doesn’t seem possible, does it?

    Liked by 7 people

  8. Stella says:

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  9. Stella says:

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    • texan59 says:

      This cat is far less stable than we ever gave him credit for. I”m not pickin’ on the stroke guy here, but we now have ample evidence that there is no length too far for the libs to extract their will, that they will not go to. They’ve nearly killed this guy for a seat in the Senate, and we have a sock-puppet up the street in the Big House.

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  10. Stella says:

    Recently found out that I could get a credit on my electric bill for being a senior citizen. They certainly don’t give it to you unless you ask, so I did. $4.50 a month “senior citizen credit” starts next bill.

    Don’t have to be low income to qualify.

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    • Sharon says:

      I recently signed up for low income rates on both gas and electric. I was surprised at the qualification, but had taken the time to check since everything is so tight.

      Sort of silly, but I suppose they don’t have much choice: I did not have to produce any kind of documentation…just stated what my annual gross income is, and that was easy to do, to the dollar.

      I now get 15% off on gas and 25% off on electric. That is a cash-flow blessing for sure and I appreciate it. It’s absolutely all done on the honor system. Makes me shake my head a bit…they seem to be slow learners. Oh, well. I’m grateful for my part of it for sure.

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  11. Sharon says:

    Are you seeing any local info on the Detroit derailing, Stella? Saw it on a retweet on Sundance’s feed–I don’t know how to link the tweet.

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  12. Lucille says:

    A Dem has struck again and gotten away with bigotry toward a conservative without presenting any evidence other than his own prejudices. At 63 years of age you’d think Sen. Jones would know a little more about literary history and be familiar with the fact that Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist and a devout fellow Christian….

    Georgia Politician Calls Clarence Thomas Racial Slur
    Published February 16, 2023

    The Georgia State Senate held a vote Tuesday to decide whether or not a statue of Thomas should be erected on the grounds of the state’s Capitol, as Georgia is his home state. During the debate before the vote, State Sen. Emmanuel Jones (D) called Thomas the racial slur, which is designed to describe black people who betray the black community.

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  13. Lucille says:

    Let’s say a prayer for this young man that he finds his way….
    Homeless Man Gives Me Haircut Then THIS Happened 🥺❤️

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