Archaeologists Were Digging In Egypt When They Discovered A 3,800-Year-Old Unopened Tomb

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Image: via Luxor Times
Image: via Luxor Times

In March 2017, archaeologists from the University of Jaén in the Spanish region of Andalusia were excavating in the ancient Egyptian city of Qubbet El-Hawa. They had found a tomb from more than 3,800 years ago. The question was, had grave robbers been there before them, or would they find something of real significance? They were about to find out…

Image: Karen Green
Image: Karen Green

The experts in antiquities were working in the necropolis of Qubbet El-Hawa, which means “Hill of the Wind.” The cemetery of Qubbet El-Hawa is set on the west bank of the River Nile, about 425 miles south of Egypt’s modern capital, Cairo. The monumental burial site is located just across the river from the city of Aswan.

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Image: Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz
Image: Przemyslaw “Blueshade” Idzkiewicz

This huge graveyard was where the rulers and other important people from the island of Elephantine were buried. Elephantine is on the Nile, and it’s just 3,900 feet long and 1,300 feet wide. Almost 3,700 years ago, the island marked the boundary between Egypt and the Nubian kingdom to the south.

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