On top of the difficulty in finding the place, getting inside the chambers required quite a bit of manual labor. The mouths of the galleries had been sealed up with massive stones, and Tallet and his team needed to remove these to gain entrance. But locating and correctly identifying the true purpose of Wadi al-Jarf wasn’t even the most exciting part of Tallet’s explorations. The best was yet to come.
What the archaeologists found when they got into the chambers astonished them. Lying on the floor of one of the spaces, apparently carelessly tossed aside, was a large bundle of papyrus scrolls. Tallet told Smithsonian.com that the ancient Egyptians “threw all the papyri inside – some of them were still tied with a rope – probably as they were closing the site.”