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Tutankhamun: The Untold Story Hardcover – October 15, 1978
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A secret compartment within the staircase revealed the personal golden ring of Tutankhamun and other treasures stolen by Lord Carnovan the night prior to the official opening of Tutankhamun's tomb. The thing is, none of the history books have been updated to reveal that fact. As a boy, I was thrilled when Howard Carter opened a small hole in the doorway then peered into the tomb. Lord Carnovan asks, ""What do you see?" He knew exactly what Carter was seeing. When Carter says, "I see wonderful things...." Damnation! I feel my boyhood was betrayed by their secret entry and subsequent actions to cover it up. Skeptical? How could they disguise their entry into the tomb? Therein lies the heart of this explosive book. You must read it and examine the revealing photos for yourself. This is a spell binding fine piece of intense detective work by the author. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee it will grip you into the wee hours. I haven't revealed the entire jaw-dropping cover-up by any means. Explore this now and inform others with intimate knowledge of what really happened just before, and after the most explosive discovery in Egyptian archeological history. Read about the real Indiana Jones tomb raiders searching for pharaohs buried tombs. Tombs created for rulers of a society that thrived for five thousand years. I envy your reading this true unique detective expose for the first time. Huge discovery and true excitement is just ahead. Trust me! Peer inside...
Starting in 1975 the author, Thomas Hoving, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, immersed himself in the story of the Tutankhamun's tomb's discovery. Hoving became suspicious of Carter's account of the noble discovery. Thutmose I had the brilliant idea to set his burial place in the Valley of the Kings since other tombs, pyramids, had been plundered. The pattern was set and it became the burial place for five hundred years.
Carter kept careful track of archeological discoveries. Jacob Rogers, heading a locomotive factory in Paterson, New Jersey, funded archeology projects for the Metropolitan Museum because he made a donation for acquisitions. Herbert Winlock, a friend of Carter, worked for the Museum. Carter was precise, calculating, gifted. He examined circumstantial evidence of an undiscovered tomb. Mountains of rubbish encumbered the search. Carter wanted to go right down to bedrock in a triangular plot of land containing the tombs of Ramesses II, Merenptah, and Ramasses VI. Carter devised a grid system. By 1921 Lord Carnarvon was beginning to lose interest. Most people believed the valley was exhausted as a place to make finds.
In the sixth season, 1922, supposedly Lord Carnarvon's last, the step to the walkway of a tomb was found. At the end of twelve steps there were hieroglyphs and seals. Carter telegraphed Lord Carnarvon of the finding. An antechamber glimpsed 11/26/22 contained magnificent objects. Later a horde of reporters and tourists descended on Luxor. Carter saw that years of work would be required to sort and sift the treasures.
The LONDON TIMES was granted exclusive coverage of the find and political problems with nationalist elements in Egypt resulted. A new door constructed by Carter became a symbol of malevolent foreign supremacy. Carnarvon died in 1923. Arthur Conan Doyle announced to the world a pharoah's curse. There were instances of near hysteria. A rail line was constructed to carry the objects to the River Nile for transport to the Museum in Cairo. When the intact sarcophagus was found, everyone was agog with interest. After a hiatus, Carter worked from 1925 for eight years extracting the objects.
Pictures appear in this splendid work, too, in addition to a table of sources and an index.