Egypt tomb discovery unveiled

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September 30th, 2019

Category: 苏州半永久

The previously unknown single-chamber tomb contains five sarcophagi, believed to contain mummies, surrounded by about 20 pharaonic jars.

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“This is the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings since that of Tutankhamun 84 years ago,” Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawas told journalists at the recently excavated site.

Researchers from the University of Memphis made the discovery, and are yet to enter the tomb.

They found the entrance to the tomb by accident while working on a nearby tomb, said team leader Edwin Brock.

“It was a wonderful thing. It was just so amazing to find an intact tomb here after all the work that’s been done before. It was totally unexpected,” said Mr Brock.

He said it does not appear to be a pharaoh’s tomb, but rather one of a court member.

Mr Hawas said they might be royals or nobles moved from original graves to protect them from grave robbers.

He said the tomb, buried under three metres of limestone and pebbles, has to be cleaned before any attempt is made to open the sarcophagae and identify the mummies.

Based on their style, he said the jars appear to date to the late 18th Dynasty of around 1500 BC to 1300 BC.

The tomb is located near that of Tutankhamun, the last new burial site to be discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.

Despite being one of Egypt’s least significant kings, Tutankhamun has been surrounded by mystique because of the legend of the curse released when the tomb was opened, supposedly leading to the deaths of Carter and other members of his team.

Mr Brock said the coffins appear to have suffered some termite damage, and conservation work will be needed.

The clay pots, which bear pharaonic seals but whose contents are as yet unknown, were arranged haphazardly, suggesting the burials were made in haste.

The Valley of the Kings was used as a burial site for royalty and nobles to the west of present day Luxor, around 700 kilometres south of Cairo.

Archaeologists say the latest discovery may reverse previously-held notions that there is nothing new left to discover in the valley.

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