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« Reply #1095 on: March 22, 2009, 07:45:10 pm »

But what of Adamson? Couldn't the loss of his legs be due to the curse? "I lost them," the old soldier says categorically, "through the curse of war, and no other curse." His doctors confirm that he had to have his legs amputated in the mid-seventies because of damage caused to his arteries by gas poisoning in the First World War - before he ever went to Egypt.

Despite his disability, Adamson remains irrepressibly cheerful and not at all self-conscious. In Egypt he amused himself by asking startled shoe-shine boys for a shine, and enroute cracked up the cabin crew by demanding a pair of in-flight slippers like everybody else. Only once during our trip did he get even slightly ruffled: when over-zealous ground staff at Cairo airport tried to put him on a stretcher to carry him off the plane. "I don't need that damn thing yet," he exploded.

That certainly seemed true. Although confined to a wheelchair, Adamson, at the time we began to discuss the discovery, was traveling all over Britain giving lectures on Tutankhamen - and donating the fees to the Royal Star and Garter Home.

As a consequence, Adamson has achieved a degree of fame. When word got around the Old Winter Palace Hotel at Luxor, he was inundated by questions from fellow guests, and one Italian tour group, who recognized him from a recent appearance on Italian television, asked him to tell them of his experiences.

In his talks, Adamson tells how, following the discovery of the tomb, he was seconded by the army to the expedition as security officer, a job he held until 1930 when the last of the 5,000 treasures had been removed from the tomb and shipped to Cairo. For almost seven years, he says, he patrolled the area -unobtrusively dressed in ordinary clothes, his revolver hidden, an umbrella on his shoulder to ward off the sun - and slept each night in the tomb itself along with the mummified pharaoh.
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