New intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings

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The American team of archaeologists found an intact tomb with six mummies in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Bodies come from the period about the reign of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, therefore sometimes between the years of 1,570 to 1,320 BC.

Scientists have not identified the deads yet nor they have explored them in detail. It is the first finding since 1922, when the completely intact tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened. An unnamed member of the expert team informed Reuters agency of this finding.

Except for sarcophagi Americans also found many large vessels. "Everything points to the fact that the deads were buried quickly for some reason," said a team member. The discovery of archaeologists is located five kilometers from the place, where the legendary expedition led by Lord Carnarvon found the tomb of Tutankhamun eighty-four years before. The discovered tomb was covered with debris from workers huts from the later era of the nineteenth dynasty, which means more than a hundred years after the sealing of the tomb.

Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities claimed that the tomb had been discovered by a team of researchers of the Memphis State University. The Council notes that five of the sarcophagi is carved into the shape of the human body. They are decorated with coloured funerary masks and also contain large amounts of storage containers. For some reason the funeral was quick and in small space.

A series of major discoveries continues

Egyptologists began the series of several successes last year. In April they discovered the largest necropolis of the oldest era of Egypt, i. e. from a period of approximately three thousand years BC. It is located 600 kilometer to the south from Cairo. Last year also ended years of speculation about the causes of death of Tutankhamun, who died at nineteen, after only ten years on the throne. For more information about the causes of death of this pharaoh, see the article Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s death.

New intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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