Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

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[Archaeology] New Pharaonic Tomb Found

Okay, as some of you know, I was an archaeology major. When I was a little kid, I thought of archaeology as like the Indiana Jones films. As I got older, I realized it wasn't... but then I became fascinated with /real/ archaeology. I still have a much-battered copy of 'Five Years' Exploration at Thebes,' the 1912 journal of the expedition Howard Carter undertook under the patronage of Lord Carnarvon. (And one of my all-time favorite used-bookstore finds.) I have a copy of Carter's book about the discovery of Tut-Ankh-Amun's tomb in 1922, as well.

Though I eventually strayed from that path, I'm still a member of the Archaeology Institute of America. I still receive Archaeology, the only magazine I will sit down and read in a single sitting when it arrives. I still can quite happily vanish into the U Penn Museum of Archaeology for /hours/ whenever in Philly.

So, suffice it to say, I still have quite an avid interest in archaeology.

That's why the discovery of a new 18th Dynasty tomb only five meters from that of Tut-Ankh-Amun really excites me.

Not only the fact that this is the first intact, unplundered tomb to be found since Carter stumbled into Tut-Ankh-Amun's burial chamber in 1922, but the questions this tomb raises. In particular, the peculiarities of the burial -- the obvious haste and small, almost hidden size of the tomb, but also the obvious quality of the things there, and the Pharaonic seals -- make me wonder if there's a story behind this one.

Admittedly, it could be as simple as Hawass' theory that they were moved from a grander tomb to protect them from grave robbers. But I suppose the part of me that avidly watched Indiana Jones, the part that devoured every word of Carter's journals from Thebes and the Valley... that part wants to think there's something more. A drama, a betrayal, another of those bits of drama and intrigue which bring a tiny bit of the ancient world alive for us.
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