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Tomb of Osiris Found in Egypt, Followed by Tomb of Unknown Wife of a Pharoah (Video)

By    |   Sunday, 04 Jan 2015 09:35 PM

As news unfolded in Egypt about finding an ancient reproduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris, archaeologists revealed the unearthing of the tomb of Khentakawess III, a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled Egypt 4,500 years ago.

According to wire service AFP, the Khentakawess tomb was found in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo where there are several pyramids dedicated to pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, including Neferefre. That discovery was announced on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a Spanish-Italian archaeological team working in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the West Bank at Thebes, discovered an enormous ancient reproduction of the Tomb of Osiris – as described by Egyptian legend – complete with multiple shafts and chambers.

Inside the Thebes tomb complex, researchers found a carving of Osiris and a room with a wall relief depicting a demon holding knives. (See YouTube video below.)

The name of Pharaoh Neferefre's wife had not been known before the Abu Sir find, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement.

He identified her as Khentakawess, saying that for the "first time we have discovered the name of this queen who had been unknown before the discovery of her tomb".

That would make her Khentakawess III, as two previous queens with the same name have already been identified.

Her name and rank had been inscribed on the inner walls of the tomb, probably by the builders, Damaty said.

"This discovery will help us shed light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty, which along with the Fourth Dynasty, witnessed the construction of the first pyramids," he added.

Miroslav Barta, who heads the Czech Institute of Egyptology mission who made the discovery, said the tomb was found in Neferefre's funeral complex.

"This makes us believe that the queen was his wife," Barta said, according to the statement.

An official at the antiquities ministry said the tomb dated from the middle of the Fifth Dynasty (2994-2345 BC).

Archaeologists also found around 30 utensils, 24 made of limestone and four of copper, the statement added.



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As news unfolded in Egypt about finding an ancient reproduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris, archaeologists revealed the unearthing of the tomb of Khentakawess III, a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled Egypt 4,500 years ago.
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