Thursday, August 18, 2005

Egyptian-Polish Expedition
An item from the English-language online edition of Pravda about the Egyptian-Polish expedition which will be excavating the tomb of Amenhotep I: "There is a Russian joke, which is as old as mummies: a tomb-chest with a mummy was discovered during the archeological dig in Egypt. Experts could not determine whose mummy it was and invited Soviet experts for their expertise. The latter rolled up their sleeves and asked everybody else to leave the room. Soon they came out all sweating and declared: 'Amenhotep XXIII.' When asked how they managed to identify him, the experts said: 'The son of a bitch confessed himself.'
But let us get serious. Joint Egyptian-Polish expedition started the dig of fully preserved tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep I in Kings Valley near Luxor. According to Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, archeologists are close to the greatest discovery. He considers the discovery in Dra Abu al-Naga region as important as the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb in 1922."

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