Sunday, June 25, 2006

KV63: A Mystery Fit For A Pharaoh

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/issues/2006/july/kv63.htm
Thanks very much to Aayko Eyma for the above link to a four page article about KV63, on the Smithsonian.com website, introducing the find, describing its recent history and summarizing the current state of play at the site: "Schaden's newly opened chamber is KV-63. Unlike Tut's, it contains neither gold statues and funerary furniture nor, as of early June, the mummified body of a long-dead Pharaoh. Despite the coffins, this probably isn't even a gravesite. Still, the discovery, announced in February, was trumpeted worldwide, because most archaeologists had long ago given up hope of finding significant discoveries in the valley. More remarkably, the artifacts appear to have been undisturbed for more than three millennia, not since one of Egypt's most fascinating periods—just after the death of the heretic king Akhenaten, who, unlike his predecessors, worshiped a single deity, the sun god Aten."

1 comment:

Martin Ramos said...

Obviously the items found were of
some value at the time, or why place
them in a rock hewn tomb?

If the items were placed in KV-63
temporarily, what was their final
destination?