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Thursday, June 16, 2016
News, Luxor: Study Aims to Uncover Mystery of Luxor's Tomb KV55
The Box With The Golden Sheets
Ministry of Antiquities is trying to solve the mystery behind the enigmatic
sarcophagus found in tomb KV55 in the Valley of the Kings on Luxor's west bank. Written By/ Nevine
week, the Ministry of Antiquities will start the second phase of a study aimed
at uncovering the mystery behind an unidentified sarcophagus found in 1906
inside tomb KV55 at the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s west bank.
study is being operated with a grant of $28,500 from the American Research
Centre in Egypt (ARCE) Endowment Fund.
tomb was thought to hold the body of the monotheistic king Akhenaten, though no
definitive evidence has been presented to back up this speculation.
Pieces of The Skull Found Inside The Box
Salah, head of the ministry’s Museums Department, told Ahram Online that the
study is being carried out on a collection of 500 gold sheets found in a box in
storage at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir along with the remains of a skull and
a handwritten note in French.
note, she says, is dated to when KV55 was first found and states that the 500
accompanying sheets were discovered with a sarcophagus, though it does not
mention which sarcophagus.
to Elham, the first phase of the study, which started last year, indicated that
the gold sheets may belong to the sarcophagus found in KV55.
Ezat, from the scientific office of the ministry, said that the study is being
carried out by skilled Egyptian archaeologists and restorers from Egyptian
Museums and it may lead to uncovering the identity of the owner of the
sarcophagus and the tomb.