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« Reply #1095 on: March 22, 2009, 07:44:07 pm »

In all, some 40 deaths have been attributed to the "curse of Tutankhamen," and as we struggled to get Adamson and his wheelchair down the steps to Tufs tomb I couldn't help thinking it was an ideal time for the pharaoh to strike again. The steps and the passageway plunge at a 45-degree angle into the earth and with only two of us able to get a proper grip on the chair, one slip that day and Adamson could have hurtled down the whole flight.

Adamson, however, was not perturbed. "The curse," he says, "is absolute rubbish."

According to Adamson, the story of the curse started when a British newspaper reported that a curse - on all who entered - had been found inscribed on the entrance to the tomb. In fact, says Adamson, although curses were inscribed on some Egyptian tombs to deter thieves, none whatsoever was found in that of Tutankhamen. But Carter decided not to deny the newspaper report, says Adamson, because, as Carter put it: "It will do wonders for security if this thing gets around."

Furthermore, Adamson says, of the 40 people said to have been killed by the curse, many of them had never been in Egypt at all and only seven had anything to do with the excavation. There was, for example, Colonel Aubrey Herbert, who never visited the tomb, but was confused with his brother Mervyn (author of the apparently incriminating diary). Then there was the workman in the British Museum, said to have fallen dead while labeling objects from the tomb, when, in fact, the museum had no such objects in its collection.

Certainly Tutankhamen took no revenge on Howard Carter, who died in 1939 of natural causes at the age of 66, or on Lady Evelyn Herbert, who lived, until 1980, to the ripe old age of 82, or, for that matter, Adamson himself.
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