March 2, 2009

Archaeologists Rediscover Long Lost Tomb

Belgian archaeologists have rediscovered a 3,500-year-old tomb that belonged to an Egyptian pharonic official. The tomb was lost under sand decades after it was first discovered.

Swedish Egyptologist Karl Piehl first discovered the tomb in 1880. The tomb belonged to Amenhotep, the deputy seal-bearer of the Pharaoh King Tuthmosis III, in the city of Luxor, about 600 km (375 miles) south of the capital Cairo.

"It later disappeared under the sand and archaeologists kept looking for it to no avail until it was found by the Belgian expedition," Hosbi said in a statement from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

King Thutmose III ruled Egypt in the 18th Dynasty between 1504-1452 BC.

Zahi Hawass told Reuters that the tomb consists of an enclosure and a large hall divided into two parts by six columns. Part of the northern side of the hall had been destroyed a long time ago.

Most of the inscriptions on the tomb's walls have been damaged, which suggests activity of thieves in the early 19th century, Laurent Bavay, head of the Beligan archaeology team said in a statement, adding that the ceiling inscriptions were in good condition.


Image Caption: Statue of Thutmosis III. Courtesy Hay Kranen


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