The Curse of a Mummy

5/31/2010 12:20:00 PM ·

In archaeology, and in history, we are accustomed to hearing about great myths and legends. However, when those legends become a type of curse that cannot be explained, we start to wonder how much truth was actually present in the original stories.

This is the case of the curse of the ice mummy. The death of a molecular biologist has fuelled speculation about a "curse" connected to an ancient corpse. Tom Loy, 63, had analysed DNA found on "Oetzi", the Stone Age hunter whose remains were discovered in 1991.

Dr Loy died in unclear circumstances in Australia making him the seventh person connected with Oetzi to die. Colleagues and family of Dr Loy have rejected the notion that he was the victim of a "curse".

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