Only weeks earlier, Creasman had first penetrated the flooded tomb of Nastasen. Now, the two archaeologists will go down into the three chambers together and investigate a sarcophagus that it seems has lain untouched through the centuries. Creasman shows the other diver a metal grate, telling her that she’ll have to squeeze through an opening that small to enter the catacomb.
The tomb that the two archaeologists are exploring lies at Nuri, a site that covers close to 200 acres. It’s fairly close to the River Nile’s east bank, some way north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum. In the area are about 20 pyramids, which were constructed from 650 B.C. to 300 B.C.
The base of Nastasen’s pyramid is a 100-foot square, resting on a small area of level ground. Although the tomb is a mile from the river, over time it’s become prone to flooding by groundwater. As a result, the three chambers of the pharaoh’s tomb, sliced into the stone beneath the desert sands, are currently submerged.