Thursday, April 10, 2014
NEWS, Luxor: tomb treasure could rival that of King Tut - Unexplained Mysteries
Archaeologist John Romer believes he has identified the location of the tomb of three Egyptian kings.
The 72-year-old has pinpointed cliffs on Luxor's west bank as the likely location of a tomb belonging to priest kings Heridor, Piankh and Menkheperre. If he's right then the tomb could contain one of the most significant treasure troves ever found, rivaling even that of King Tutankhamun.
The suspected site of the tomb, Wadi el-Gharbi, has only been excavated once before by Howard Carter back in 1916. The famed archaeologist spent only two weeks working at the site before moving on, however he did find mounds of limestone chippings such as those found next to royal tombs in the Valley of Kings.
Now Romer is in a race to gain permission from Egyptian authorities to excavate the site himself before someone else gets to it. "There are likely to be canopic chests, objects of alabaster, gold-plated statues, and thrones, though possibly not chariots," he said
Source: Unexplained Mysteries
John Lewis Romer (b. 30 September 1941, Surrey, UK) is a British Egyptologist, historian and archaeologist, who has created and appeared in many TV archaeology series, including Romer's Egypt, Ancient Lives, Testament, The Seven Wonders of the World, Byzantium: The Lost Empire and Great Excavations: The Story of Archaeology.