This is perhaps the biggest Egyptian tomb unearthing event since King Tut was dug up. Tombs built in honor of the Egyptian god of the dead, Osiris, will soon reveal their contents. A tomb of an unidentified Egyptian queen will also be opened up. The queen was the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre, but her name is not yet known.
These tombs were discovered recently on the Nile’s west bank in the Theban Necropolis, a large “city” of ancient tombs and temples. Kings, priests, nobleman, and other high-ranking officials were buried in this vicinity. The time frame for these tombs is thought to be from 1600 B.C. to 1000 B.C. The dynasties involved number from the 18th through the 20th.
The tombs were first discovered in 1887, but they were never followed up on. A new team of archaeologists from Spain and Italy are now set to finally unearth them. They hope that their work will shed much light on the early days of Egypt, including the time when the pyramids were built.
Thebes, just across the river from the Theban Necropolis, was one of the ancient capitals of Egypt. Hieroglyphics, mummies, statues, implements, and other items likely to be found inside burial tombs may well be very informative. It is possible that a major blank spot in Egyptian history will be filled in as a result of this expedition. That is what Christian Broda would probably like to see.