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A Journey Between Souls is the biography of Richard Adamson, the security guard who protected an ancient Pharaoh's tomb in Egypt while it was being excavated. Long-time friend Elaine Edgar has recounted the amazing story of Adamson's experiences from letters he sent to her and with the help of his old suitcase, which was filled with information relating to the tomb discovery.
The story tells of his exciting journey into the Valley of the Kings and how he slept in the tomb of Tutankhamun for seven years.

Mr. Adamson had to have both his legs amputated but his had nothing to do with the so-called curse of the mummy, says Elaine. "He always told me that his leg problems were from the curse of the war, not of the tomb... He said that the curse was made up to keep journalists and tourists away from the site and the treasures." -- Gillian Ellison, Whitehaven News - U.K., Jan 23, 1997

A battered suitcase discovered in a Scottish attic may at last prove an old man's claim that he was responsible for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen.

It was filled with old photographs, a movie film and notes made by Corporal Richard Adamson, a mysterious figure who acted as assistant to British Egyptologist Howard Carter, but who has not been mentioned in the dozens of books written about the discovery; not even by Carter.

When Carter was picking over the last area he was to dig in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in November 1922, his aide was Adamson, a stocky 23-year-old who was, in fact, a spy...

Now, 15 years after his death, British author Elaine Edgar, who befriended Adamson when he was a lonely old man, has discovered a suitcase with photographs and notes which she says prove he was telling the truth about his discovery... -- Desmond Zwar, Sunday Herald - Australia, March 8, 1998

Chief among the archaeologists who have been applauded over the years for discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun were Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, but there was a third player in the drama whose vital part has never been fully acknowledged.

Richard Adamson, a military policeman, was posted from Cairo to Luxor, officially to supervise the shipping of military surveying equipment. What might have been a brief assignment turned into a ten-year stint as he graduated to guardian of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

For seven years, he slept in the boy king's shrine, whiling away the nights with his gramophone and books...
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