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« Reply #1095 on: March 22, 2009, 07:40:37 pm »

Hoving, apparently, overlooked Herbert's disclosures; in the introduction to his book, published in 1978, Hoving says that "in all the accounts (of the discovery) published up to now" the facts of the break were omitted. Actually the extracts were disclosed in 1972, six years earlier, by a British author named Barry Wynne, in a book entitled Behind the Mask of Tutankhamen - in which Adamson collaborated with Wynne and attempted to verify it. He says he sent a copy of her alleged confession to Lady Evelyn asking for her comments. She replied: "Having read the enclosed very carefully, I have no recollection at all of this incident happening."

To complicate it still further, my research turned up information that does not fit any of those versions. No one - not Hoving, not Carter, not Lady Evelyn in her letter, nor Herbert in his diary - mentioned that the Times once ran an article by Lord Carnarvon himself openly admitting that Carnarvon, Carter and Lady Evelyn entered the ante-chamber - but not the burial chamber - on the night of the discovery.

In that article - published December 11, two weeks after the discovery - Lord Carnarvon describes their first view of the treasures through the peephole and then goes on to say, "we enlarged the hole and Mr. Carter managed to scramble in." After enlarging the hole still further, he says, "we went into the ante-chamber to examine the treasures more closely/' But, he adds, they resisted the urge to break down the "tantalizing wall" leading to the burial chamber because "it would have been harmful and almost impossible to do before clearing the first room of its contents and we must possess our souls in patience until this is done"
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