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12 Craziest Tomb Discoveries
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From Greece’s Largest Tomb to Sarcophagus Illegally Unearthed here are 12 Craziest Tomb Discoveries. Which one do you wish you came across first?
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6. Unknown Queen
A previously unknown Egyptian queen’s tomb was found in a pyramid necropolis near Cairo, Egypt officials announced in early January 2015. Believed to be the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre the experts believe that her tomb dates back 4500 years. Her name is Khentakawess a name she shares with two other queens that date back even further than she does. Builders of the tomb carved the queen's name and status into the inner walls. While grave robbers looted the site diggers were still able to find around two dozen utensils made of limestone and copper.
5. Greece’s Largest Tomb
The remains of five people were found in late 2014 in a huge ancient tomb that dates back to between 325 to 300 B.C. As Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C. at the age of 32 and the tomb lies in northern Greece people speculated that it might have been built for him. Most experts agree however that this is not likely to be the case as the great leader was probably buried somewhere in Egypt. The five bodies recovered belonged to a senior woman, two men between the age of 35 and 45, a newborn child and another adult of indeterminate age. The site was just a chamber in one of the lower levels of the tumulus, which is referred to as the Kasta mound. The main tomb or Kasta tomb is thought to have been built for a Macedonian noble or a member of the royal family.
4. Sarcophagus Illegally Unearthed
Police officers on the hunt for a stolen truck in Turkey stumbled upon an incredibly well-preserved sarcophagus ornately decorated at an illegal excavation site in an olive grove. Archaeologists from the nearby Iznik Museum were called in to unearth and move the grave from the location. After they carefully examine and preserve the sarcophagus curators plan on displaying the remarkable discovery at the Iznik Museum.
3. Abydos Cemetery
Abydos is one of the oldest of all the ancient cities in Egypt. It’s notable for its memorial temple of Seti the first which contains a chronological listing of the pharaohs of Egypt that is known as the Abydos King List. In 2014 excavators uncovered a tomb at a cemetery in the ancient town. It dates back around 3300 years. Archaeologists found an ornately designed red sarcophagus within the walls of the tomb that was created for a scribe. It has several depictions of Egyptian gods and hieroglyphic inscriptions of spells from the book of the dead. No mummy was found in the sarcophagus as experts estimate that it was looted twice in antiquity. There were. However, skeletal remains found from at least three men, ten women and two children recovered.
2. Mysterious Mexican Grave
Archaeologists working in Colima, Mexico found a remarkable tomb that had been hidden from the world for seventeen hundred years. The bones and skulls of at least twelve men were found piled in a jumble during remodeling work being done at a Church in the city center. Diggers also found four ceramic objects, including two figurines placed face down in the burial site. Examiners concluded that the grave dates back to the Comala Period between 0 and 500 A.D. Most tombs of this age have been looted over time, making this untouched grave a rare and valuable discovery. It offers historians an invaluable view into the Comala way of life.
1. 42 Tombs
Egypt is filled with thousands of ancient burial sites, and new graves are discovered with great regularity. In March of 2016 experts uncovered not one but 42 rock cut tombs and a shrine decorated with a winged sun disc along the banks of the Nile River in Upper Egypt. The location of the find was once thought to be nothing more than a quarry where rocks were cut to build structures. This find, however, indicates that the area was a major hub of commerce and political activity in the ancient past. Remains of goats and sheep were present that were likely sacrificial offerings to the gods. Strangely crocodile remains were also recovered that were harder to explain. Perhaps they flowed in along with the Nile floodwaters.