Wednesday, April 16, 2008

EGYPTIANS MAKE NEW FIND IN VALLEY OF THE KINGS

Egypt announced on April 10, 2008, the discovery of a quartzite Ushabti figure and the cartouche of King Seti I, second king of the 19th Dynasty (1314-1304 BC). They were found inside the corridor of the tomb of Seti I (KV 17) in the Valley of the Kings on Luxor's west bank.

The discovery was made by the first ever Egyptian mission working in the Valley of the Kings, after being monopolized for the past two centuries by foreigners, said Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

A number of clay vessels were also unearthed along with fragments of the tomb's wall paintings which may have fallen after its discovery. During the process of cleaning the tomb, it was also revealed that the length of the corridor measures 136 meters, and not 100 meters as the tomb's 19th century discoverer, Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778-1883), originally mentioned in his report, Hawass said.

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