Tomb found in Egypt's Valley of Kings

Feb. 10, 2006 at 3:33 PM
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CAIRO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- An ancient Egyptian tomb was discovered Thursday in the Valley of the Kings, the first since archaeologists found King Tutankhamun in 1922.

The tomb was unexpectedly hit upon by archaeologists led by a team from Egypt's University of Memphis. The tomb was near Luxor in upper Egypt, was just five meters away from King Tutankhamun's, reports the BBC.

It was the 63rd such discovery since the valley was first mapped in the 18th century.

Archaeologists have been unable to identify the contents of the tomb, which contained five intact mummies and unopened sarcophagi.

Patricia Podzorski, curator of Egyptian Art at the University of Memphis, said the strike had come as a surprise. "The excavation team was focused on the tomb of a 19th Dynasty pharaoh, King Amenmesses," she said.

"They were working in front of the tomb looking for foundation deposits possibly related to that tomb, and clearing away some workmen's huts from the 19th Dynasty that were both to the left and right side of the tomb," Podzorski explained.

She said the tomb was thought to date from the 18th Pharaonic Dynasty, the first dynasty of the New Kingdom which ruled between 1539BC and 1292BC.

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