These Recent Egyptian Archaeological Discoveries are Rewriting History
These Recent Egyptian Archaeological Discoveries are Rewriting History

These Recent Egyptian Archaeological Discoveries are Rewriting History

Aimee Heidelberg - December 21, 2022

These Recent Egyptian Archaeological Discoveries are Rewriting History
Found at the Valley of the Golden Mummies. Image: Roland Unger,

Valley of the Golden Mummies (1996)

One day in the Bahariya Oasis of the Western Desert, a guard overseeing a site 380 km west of the pyramids went chasing after a wayward donkey. The donkey’s leg fell into a hole in the ground. The guard looked in, and what he found led researchers to 105 mummies dating back to 332 BCE. Some mummies were encased in cartonnage, others wrapped in linen, some in anthropoid coffins (pottery coffins decorated with a human face), and others gilded with shining death masks. The tombs escaped the clutches of raiders, allowing researchers to preserve the items that help fill in the puzzle of ancient Egyptian culture, golden funerary masks, jewelry, small statues depicting mourners, coins, amulets, and other personal effects.

These Recent Egyptian Archaeological Discoveries are Rewriting History
Entrance to tomb at KV5 site. Image: Gary Lee Todd

Tomb KV5 (1985)

Despite having a name that sounds more Star Wars than ancient Egyptian, Tomb KV5 is the largest known tomb in the Valley of the Kings. A joint expedition between the American Univesrity in Cairo and the Tehban Mapping Project in 1985-1986 discovered the site. As they removed the debris built up over centuries and made their way through corridors and chambers, they passed a statue of Osiris, god of the dead. This discovery revealed the name of Ramses II inscribed on the wall. The tomb contained at least six of Ramses II’s sons, and may reveal more of his children. As of 2006, archaeologists have uncovered 130 chambers, and believe there are many more to discover.

 

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