First find of new tomb in Valley of Kings since 1922

The 18th Dynasty tomb included five mummies in intact sarcophagi.

By OMAR SINAN, AP
February 10, 2006 10:24
First find of new tomb in Valley of Kings since 1922

Egypt tomb 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
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American archaeologists have uncovered a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, the first new tomb to be uncovered there since King Tutankhamun's in 1922, Egypt's antiquities chief announced. The 18th Dynasty tomb included five mummies in intact sarcophagi with colored funerary masks along with more than 20 large storage jars, sealed with pharaonic seals, Zahi Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement. The statement, issued Wednesday, did not specify whether the tomb was believed to be that of a pharoah. The 18th Dynasty ruled from around 1560 BCE to 1085 BCE, and Tutankhamun was among its kings. A Memphis University team of archaeologists led by Otto Schaden found the tomb four meters below the ground, buried under rubble and stones five meters away from Tut's tomb. Inside the rectangular tomb, the five wooden sarcophagi were surrounded by the jars, which appeared placed haphazardly, suggesting the burial was completed quickly, the statement by Hawass said. Hawass desribed the find as the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings - the desert valley outside the southern city of Luxor where many pharoahs are buried - since Tut's tomb was found in 1922 by Howard Carter.

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