Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Student finds unknown tomb

Thanks very much to Ingeborg Waanders - not only for emailing the above link (from 23rd June), but also for the translation of the page from Dutch to English, below:
"Een student botanische archeologie uit Groningen, Jeroen van Rooij, is tijdens een studiereis in Egypte per ongeluk op een nog onbekende graftombe gestuit.
De tombe is vermoedelijk van een vermogende Egyptenaar uit de tijd van de achttiende dynastie, rond 1400 voor Christus, meldde Van Rooij vrijdag vanuit Egypte."
A Dutch student in botanical archaeology accidentally found an unknown tomb while on a study trip in Egypt.
The tomb presumably belonged to a wealthy Egyptian from around 1400 BC. The student found the tomb making a trip through the desert, while taking a stop at the bottom of a small hill. When van Rooij climbed the hill he found four deep pits on the summit. One of the pits turned out to lead into a large tomb.
Van Rooij and his party entered the tomb with the alerted Egyptian authorities. The tomb contained eight chambers, two of them large. Valuable relics weren't found, as the tomb was robbed in antiquity, presumably during the economic crisis in the 21st dynasty. Van Rooij describes the find as a "bizarre, but wonderful experience".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder where exactly this discovery was made?