Spanish archaeologists open a 4,000-year-old Egyptian burial chamber

Spanish archaeologists open a 4,000-year-old Egyptian burial chamber

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Egypt never ceases to amaze and every little bit there is new news of new discoveries of that culture that more than 3,000 years later continues to captivate the world. This time it has been a team from our country, exactly, from the University of Jaén (UJA) that have opened for the first time a intact camera dating to no more and no less than 4,000 years.

The find is in the increasingly important and fascinating, Pharaonic necropolis of Qubbet el Hawa, near the present city of Aswan (south of Egypt). The leaders of the province of Elephantine, which was the southernmost province of ancient Egypt, were buried in this necropolis.

Exactly, the chamber that houses a tomb belongs to the one who was the governor of Elephantine during the reign of Amenemhat III (1818-1773 BC).

It seems that this time the grave robbers, so hated and rightly so by archaeologists and researchers, have largely contributed to the tomb being in such perfect condition. Researchers say that thousands of years ago these thieves entered the necropolis and to preserve their treasure they blocked the entrance with rubble.

Due to this great difficulty, the UJA team, led by the professor of Ancient History, Alejandro Jiménez Serrano and with the help of Dr. Mohamed el-Bialy, worked for three long years to remove the slab that prevented access to the chamber.

The camera and the tomb hid a great surprise that the researcher collected in this sentence, «the deceased had been buried in two coffins, both the exterior and the interior were decorated", but while "the exterior was very bad because it had been affected by xylophages (termites), the interior was in perfect condition, because it was made of a much harder wood«. “The inscriptions on the outer box identified the deceased as a man. However, the hieroglyphs on the inner box referred to the mummy as a woman.«.

That is why the surprise and emotion was maximum, the preliminary studies of the mummy They have shown that the mummy in that coffin was a man, about 26 years old and who died suddenly. Upon dying in this sudden way, the mummy was placed in a woman's coffin, which over time was introduced into a man's coffin, which was identified by signs that corresponded to his sex.

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