To get inside the chambers required a fair bit of manual labor. The mouths of the galleries had been sealed up with massive stones, and Tallet and his team had to remove these to gain entrance. But locating and correctly identifying the true purpose of Wadi al-Jarf was not the most exciting part of Tallet’s explorations. That was to come next.
What the archaeologists found when they got into the chambers astonished them. Lying on the floor of one of them, 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.”