Monday, July 03, 2006

KV-63 update Archaeologists unveil newest pharaonic tomb in Egypt's Valley of Kings
Hushed researchers craned their necks and media scuffled inside the stiflingly hot underground stone chamber as Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass slowly cracked open the coffin's lid — for what scientists believe is the first time in more than 3,000 years.

But instead of a mummy, as archaeologists had expected, the coffin revealed a tangle of fabric and rusty-colored dehydrated flowers woven together in laurels that looked likely to crumble to dust if touched.

"I prayed to find a mummy, but when I saw this, I said it's better — it's really beautiful," said Nadia Lokma, chief curator of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


There's quite a few stories floating around on this, but this is the one to be posted here.