Photos: 3,300-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb Uncovered by Archaeologists

April 1, 2014 / No Comments

There has always been great mystery and rich cultural uniqueness that has been attached with ancient Egypt. The lure of the pyramids brings to the Sahara hundreds and thousands of tourists and archaeologists from across the planet.

Many among the latter hope to stumble upon finds like the one just made by Kevin Cahail, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. A team led by him found a tomb that is over 3,300 years old.

3300 Year Old Egyptian Tomb Discovery Photos: 3,300 Year Old Egyptian Tomb Uncovered by Archaeologists

The real startling discovery though was a modest pyramid at the beginning of the excavation site that stood 7 meters (23 feet) tall. Inside it, the team found a Sarcophagus with inscriptions from the Book of the Dead on it, a very rare heart amulet made of red and green jasper, along with remains of 10 to 12 women, three men and two children.

Close up image of the Sarcophagus Photos: 3,300 Year Old Egyptian Tomb Uncovered by Archaeologists

Cahail believes that the tomb belonged to the family of “a scribe named Horemheb” and postulates that it might be Horemheb’s military ties that allowed him the luxury of having a little pyramid of his own.

Archaeologists say that the small tomb was ransacked a couple of times over the last three millenniums, but still say that it is a significant find that could give us a more detailed glimpse into the lives of Egyptians beyond the pharaohs at the time.

Rare heart amulet in Egyptian Tomb

With bones of more number of women than men found at the site, archaeologists are also speculating about the presence of polygamy in noblemen and how it was not just limited to the pharaohs.

For the moment, one will have to wait for further radiocarbon tests, which will unravel many more mysteries the bones conceal in the days to come.