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10 February, 2006 - Published 15:47 GMT
Tomb find stuns Egypt
Archaeologists say they've made a major new discovery in Egypt. An international team has unearthed an intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. They say it is the most important find of its kind in more than eighty years. Ian Pannell reports.
Archaeologists were doing routine excavation work last year when they discovered what seemed to be a man-made shaft. Earlier this month, they came across a hidden chamber inside and on Friday, some of the stones blocking the entrance were removed, revealing a site hidden from the human eye for something like three thousand years.
There are five wooden coffins inside the small chamber, with rather beautiful faces painted in reds and yellows, their bodies in black and yellow stripes to mimic bandages. At least one of the coffins is slightly ajar, revealing a mummified corpse inside.
This is the first intact discovery in more than eighty years, just a stone's throw from the tomb of Tutankahmun. Archaeologists say this find could radically change their understanding of ancient Egyptian history.
Ian Pannell, Luxor
routine excavation work
a man-made shaft
a hidden chamber
hidden from the human eye
a mummified corpse
a stone's throw