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Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb discovered by American archaeologists

Posted by on Jan. 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM
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Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb discovered by American archaeologists

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Egyptian-pharaohs-tomb-discovered-by-American-archaeologists/31418

The important find is the burial site of Sobekhotep I, believed to be the first king of the 13th Dynasty

By Garry Shaw. Web only Published online: 06 January 2014

The immense royal quartzite sarcophagus of Sobekhotep I

The tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh King Sobekhotep I, believed to be first king of the 13th Dynasty (1781BC-1650BC), has been discovered by a team from the University of Pennsylvania at Abydos in Middle Egypt, 500km south of Cairo.

Since new royal tombs are rarely discovered, and as only ten from the 13th Dynasty are known—all at Dahshur, just south of Cairo—this is an important find. King Sobekhotep I ruled for only about three years, at a time when Egypt was entering a period of decline. In fact, the chronological evidence for this period is so complex that scholars are still debating the order of the 13th Dynasty kings.

Sobekhotep I’s tomb was constructed from limestone brought from the Tura quarries near modern Cairo, while his burial chamber is made from red quartzite. The burial was originally topped by a pyramid. Among the further finds are a 60-ton quartzite sarcophagus, a stele bearing the name of the king, an image of Sobekhotep I enthroned, parts of the canopic jars that once contained the pharaohs internal organs, and funerary objects.

Excavation at the tomb is ongoing, though Egypt’s antiquities chief, Mohamed Ibrahim, hopes to open the site to the public, once the tomb has been restored.

This is not the only discovery of an ancient Egyptian site since the New Year. Working at Luxor, a team from Japan’s Waseda University uncovered the tomb of Khonsu-em-heb, an overseer of granaries and beer-brewers for the goddess Mut during the Ramesside Period (1298BC-1069BC). The tomb walls are painted with many beautiful scenes that illustrate religious ceremonies and show the tomb’s owner, Khonsu-em-heb, with his wife and daughter, who were both chantresses of Mut. The Japanese team uncovered the tomb while clearing the courtyard of another nearby burial site.
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AlekD
by Gold Member on Jan. 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Can someone make the link clicky so people can see the pictures? :)
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jella31
by Member on Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Cool! Very interesting!
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slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM
This is awesome. I totally wanted to be an archaeologist in Egypt one day, but I was all, "Noooo, Hawass won't let Americans excavate, and there probably won't be many more important finds in my lifetime." Only slightly kicking myself.
Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM
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Freaking cool.
So freaking cool. I'm jealous of those teams.
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LadyAmaranth
by on Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Cool.

.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Very cool. That seems like it would be such a great career.
DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

So exciting. I cannot wait to see the unveiling. 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Very interesting, TFS.

VooDooB
by weird cheese on Jan. 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

 Cool!

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Egyptian-pharaohs-tomb-discovered-by-American-archaeologists/31418

 

Quoting AlekD: Can someone make the link clicky so people can see the pictures? :)

 

Chaos1229
by Tasha on Jan. 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM
That is just awesome i love things like this its always been fascinating to me .
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