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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:53 am 
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I saw a recent documentary that claims carter discovered tut;''s tomb years before the "official" opening, and even went as far as to say that he put in a false wall too.
Apparently you can easily see the difference in the workmanship on the paintings.

Can anyone here remember the title of this book?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:42 am 
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"The Tutankhamun Deception" by Gerald O'Farrell is the book I think you are talking about. Completely unbelieveable but hey, it sells books!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:31 pm 
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That's the one.

Wanted to get hold of a copy & get out the maps & elevations of the valley to see how likely it is.

I remember reading somewhere that the Rameses tomb allegedly used as the entrance is much higher than the tut tomb, and I also can't see how Carter could both repaint & reseal and get out himself - unless there was some major restructuring done.

Still - we know he was very unscrupulous and had no worries about lying, thieving and similar, so it is possible.
But I would like to actualy read the thing properly & see what evidence is offered.

For me, one of the reasons to credit this were the way the Chariots had been sawn through - not much use in the afterlife like that, and AFAIK (which might well be wrong) is that funerary objects were supposed to be in usable condition.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:33 pm 
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The entrance to Tut's tomb is below that of Rameses. A group of workmen's huts, from the ancient Dynasties, covered the site of the entrance to Tut's tomb. Carter was hesitant about removing these--this is the reason so many years went by before the tomb was found.
It does Carter a great dis-service to say that he was unsrupulous, lying and a thief. His careful excavation of the tomb and removal of its contents are a very good example of how a excavation should be carried out.
In so far as him finding the tomb and keeping it a secret so that he could loot it himself...pure imagination!
Insofar as the chariots are concerned. The Egyptians were not so worried about condition of equipment in this life--they would be whole in the next. Previous examples are broken pottery--it's been "killed"--found in burials. The many models to be seen in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC are the same princlipal. It may be a model of brewing in the tomb, but in the afterlife it was a full-sized brewery. Same idea with shabtis--the were small figures here in the tomb, but became full-sized adults in the after-life.


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