Monday, March 08, 2010

Tomb of Seti I, the hunt for Cleopatra and the robot in Khufu's pyramid

Heritage Key (Owen Jarus)

An update from Hawass about current research in Egypt.

The biggest piece of discovery news is that researchers appear to have come to the end of the tunnel in the tomb of Seti I. This tomb was discovered in the 19th century, but work clearing the tunnel hasn’t taken place until recently (partly because it’s difficult to do without collapsing the entire tomb).

Dr. Hawass showed a picture of the debris filled tunnel, with a sliver of an opening. They’ve found that there is a stone staircase leading down to it. Near the opening they found a hieroglyphic inscription, it’s nothing fancy - it looks like it had been scribbled on the wall. Unfortunately I don’t have a translation.

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