I agree. But, it's worth a test (or at least a mental exercise).Tyndmyr wrote:I feel relatively confident that literally any sign we could detect from 3,000 years+ ago would not warn us away from interesting archeological finds. Cursed? Instant death promised? Oh, shit yeah, lets check that out.
Back in umpty ump BC, a splinter group of the ancient Egyptians was plagued by the "green death" and driven out of Greater Egypt. The green death is an agonizing way to die, in which your body gradually turns green seemingly from the inside, your body loses its structural integrity, and you eventually collapse like a blob, screaming in pain, and die a few days later. When examined, the inside of the (dead) body is pretty much an amorphous goo.
After being driven out, these people settled on the edge of the Something Plains, and inside of two generations all died out, despite all the religious rituals, empirical observations, and whatever it was that they did to try to figure it out. They did isolate it to a certain kind of lizard; whoever was near this animal got the green death. At the very end, victims were mummified as best as possible, and buried along with the lizard that they were thought to have been near, and the pyramids holding their tomb were marked with symbols, barricades, and whatever to warn future people.
1: You are the Egyptian in charge of the symbols, barricades, and whatever. Considering Egyptian language, writing, and technology, what are they?
2: You are the grave robber that just stumbled upon these previously unknown pyramids. What do you make of those symbols? What do you do?
3: You are the archaeologist from Prestigious University who smells a groundbreaking paper here. What do you make of those symbols? What do you do?
I know (it's my scenario) what causes the green death, and what will happen if the tomb is entered. You have present day technology (but not future technology), and can see whatever the Egyptian in charge laid out, based on which you will choose your actions.