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On the 25th of January 2011, the streets of Cairo were being ravaged by a rioting population, demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year regime.
While the world was distracted by the dramatic scenes of chaos upon the streets above, deep within the ancient, dusty tunnels, a team of archaeologists led by Susanne Bickel of the University of Basel in Switzerland, was quietly making one of the most significant discoveries of the past century.
They had initially found the top of large round stone at the eastern end of the valley of the kings.
The archaeologists suspected that it was just the top of an abandoned shaft. But before they could investigate,, due to Egypt’s political process regarding finds within the valley, they had to cover the stone rim with their own locked iron door, inform the Egyptian authorities, and apply for an official permit to excavate.
A year later, after gaining approval to excavate, Bickel returned with a team of two dozen people, including field director Elina Paulin-Grothe of the University of Basel, Egyptian inspector Ali Reda, and local workmen.
each took turns lying on the ground, head pressed against the shaft wall, one arm through a small hole next to the cap stone snapping photographs.
They left little doubt it was indeed am ancient tomb. On top of the debris rested a dusty black coffin carved from sycamore wood and decorated with large yellow hieroglyphs on its sides and top. Bickel has stated that she has never seen an Egyptian coffin in such a good condition before,”
The dating of fragments of pottery made from Nile silt and pieces of plaster, commonly used to seal tomb entrances in ancient times, together with the age of other nearby sites, have indicated that the tomb could be more than 3 thousand years old.
The hieroglyphs describe the tomb’s occupant as being named Nehemes-Bastet, Egyptologists currently believe she was a lady of the upper class and of Amun.
People have been claiming there was nothing new left to find in the Valley of the Kings for almost as long as they have been digging there. The Venetian antiquarian Giovanni Belzoni believed he had emptied the last of the valley’s tombs during his 1817 expedition. While Theodore Davis, who excavated there a century later, came to a similar conclusion right before Tutankhamun’s burial chamber was found.
Fortunately, there is a growing number of people who are beginning to suspect that there is a wealth of discoveries still left to be made in the valley of the kings, the Nile delta, and Egypt as a whole, and thanks to discoveries such as these, interest in these existing mysteries grows by the day.
“It’s interesting to see that in this period, even a wealthy girl was buried with quite simple things,” Bickel says, comparing Nehemes-Bastet’s coffin and stele with the elaborate pottery, furniture, and food found in earlier tombs.
“Her wooden coffin was certainly quite expensive,” she says, but nonetheless, it lacked the elaborate inner coffins found in similar burials.
Is this the burial chamber of an extremely ancient queen? After reinforcing the coffin and securing the mummy, Bickel’s team have transported it across the Nile to Luxor, where a full investigation is currently being undertaken into the true identity of the mystery female.
With substantial insight into the controversial finds within ancient Egypt, we personally suspect that often the tombs which appear the most crudely designed, containing wooden sarcophagus are generally found to be the most ancient, furthermore, their hieroglyphic writings were often far more exquisite in nature.
Could this be the discovery of an original burial? And the crude hieroglyphic claim of the occupant’s identity a fake?
Hiding the deltas true antiquity?
A secret many fringe scientists have begun to believe is being protected by Egyptian antiquities.
Many have come to suspect the Egyptians merely copied the original builders of the pyramids, after taking occupation of their structures many years later.
Supportive evidence for these claims come in many forms: erosion upon the pyramids and especially the sphinx, including over 100 underground chambers, we are currently researching, discovered under giza In 1995, by a team led by Kent Weeks, which also show strong evidence of several flash flooding events involving sea water throughout their long existence. The lack of any written detail pertaining to the construction of either monument in any hieroglyphs found in ancient Egypt. And so on,
We will continue to do research on Nehemes-Bastet, and will endeavour to keep you all informed regarding any notable findings.