Egyptian Tomb 5

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Sheet1 Early Western Civilization Egyption Tomb 5 Egyptologists had lost interest in the site of tomb 5, which had been explored and looted decades ago. Therefore, they wanted to give way to a parking lot. However, no one would have ever k the treasure that lay only 200 ft. from King Tut s resting place which was beyond a few rubble strewn rooms tha previous excavators had used to hold their debris. Dr. Kent Weeks, an Egyptologist with the American University Cairo, wanted to be sure the new parking facility wouldnª t destroy anything important. Thus, Dr. weeks embarked 1988 on one final exploration of the old dumping ground. Eventually he was able to pry open a door blocked for thousands of years, and announced the discovery of a life time. "We found ourselves in a corridor," he remember each side were 10 doors and at end there was a statue of Osiris, the god of the afterlife." The tomb is mostly une and the chambers are choked with debris, Weeks is convinced that there are more rooms on a lower level, bringi total number to more than 100. That would make tomb 5 the biggest and most complex tomb ever found in Egypt quite conceivable the resting place of up to 50 sons of Ramesses II, perhaps the best known of all the pharaohs, believed to have been Moses nemesis in the book of Exodus. The Valley of the Kings, in which Tomb 5 is locate across the Nile River from Luxor, Egypt. It is never exactly been off the beaten track. Tourism has been brisk in th valley for millenniums: graffiti scrawled on tomb walls proves that Greek and Roman travelers stopped here to ga wall paintings and hieroglyphics that were already old long before the birth of Christ. Archaeologists have been co for centuries too. Napoleon brought his own team of excavators when he invaded in 1798, and a series of expedi 19th and early 20th centuries uncovered one tomb after another. A total of 61 burial spots had been found by the British explorer Howard Carter opened the treasure-laden tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. Britain s James B had burrowed into the site of Tomb 5 in 1820, and decided that there was nothing inside. A dismissive Carter use entryway as a place to dump the debris he was hauling out of Tutª s tomb. In the late 1980s, came the proposed p area and Weeks concern. His 1988 foray made it clear that the tomb wasn t dull as Burton said. Elaborate ca covered walls and referred to Ramesses II, whose own tomb was just 100 ft. away. The wall inscriptions on the companion crypt mentioned two of RamessesU 52 known
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Chumchal during the Spring '08 term at Blinn College.

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