Are Hidden At Wadi el-Gharbi In Egypt
31 March, 2014
|Share this story:|
Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services
MessageToEagle.com - There is a secret tomb in Egypt that contains the bodies of three priest kings - Heridor, Piankh and Menkheperre.
There are also several precious ancient untouched treasures inside the tomb.
The site has remained intact since 1085 B.C. and it is crucial to save the priceless relics that will outshine even that of Tutankhamun's.
These are the words of British archaeologist John Romer, 72, believes he has discovered the site where three ancient Egyptian priest kings - Herihor, Piankh and Menkheperre - were buried in Luxor, Egypt, almost 3,000 years ago.
A scene from the joint Funerary papyrus, a Book of the Dead, of Herihor.
Image credit: touregypt.net
According to an interesting article published by Daily Mail "an archaeology race is on to secure the ancient burial site."
The project is the culmination of 40 years' work for Romer. But he may be beaten to the prize as he needs to secure a permit from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to continue his search.
|Romer "claims the burial ground will yield such magnificent treasures that those discovered in the nearby tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings will seem like a 'display in Woolworths' in comparison.|
Like a plot out of an Indiana Jones movie, experts are now racing to secure the site called Wadi el-Gharbi, located in the cliffs on Luxor's west bank, before the arrival of so-called treasure hunters and tomb-raiders.
It is feared that ancient rock inscriptions surrounding the site, which has remained largely untouched since 1085BC, could be damaged by their quad bikes, rope ladders and other equipment.
Romer told the Sunday Times: 'Last week, three people were arrested by the army security services at Luxor for entering it.'"
Archaeologist John Romer Credit: egyptology-uk.com
A very interesting aspect of the whole issue is that the site has remained intact for a very long time.
Temple of Karnak in Luzor, Egypt. How many more ancient secrets are hidden in this region? Image credit: getintravel.com
"The only person known to have excavated at the site was Howard Carter - the man who first scratched a hole through the sealed doorway of Tutankhamun's burial chamber in 1922.
Carter had previously cut trenches across the valley floor at the Wadi el-Gharbi site over the course of two weeks in 1916.
The tomb of Tutankhamun, buried in 1325 B.C., was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922
He discovered huge mounds of limestone chippings on the wadi floor, identical to those found in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Inside the first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since King Tut's in 1922. The tomb discovered in 2006 in Luxor, Egypt, is thought to date from roughly the same period and contain six sarcophogi Credit: Daily Mail
But Carter gave up on his excavations, possibly because he had little idea of what may be buried at the site.
Romer has since focused on deciphering inscriptions left behind in the area by the royal workmen who laboured there.
If Romer is correct, the Egyptian site may contain treasure that rivals Tutankhamun's.
Romer and his colleague, Alex Peden, have found the name of Herihor among 150 rock inscriptions.
Romer believes Carter was mistaken to restrict his search to the valley floor and claims the tomb is instead located higher up in the limestone cliffs which soar to around 1,000ft."
Will Romer manage to secure the tomb on time? It's a race against time as there is a rival expedition already excavating in the area.
"I still hope to explore it but the only important thing in my life now is that it is done properly," Romer says.