Egypt uncovers secrets of King Seti's tomb

08:26, July 01, 2010      

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Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced Wednesday new secrets of the tunnel in the tomb of King Seti I (1314-1304 BC) which was first discovered in 1960 in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

In a statement, the minister added that the team has been searching for this tunnel for over 20 years in the West Bank necropolis.

"(We) finally succeeded in completely excavating the 174-meter long tunnel after several seasons of work that began in November 2007," said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the head of the mission.

According to the statement, the tunnel was cut into the bedrock near the end of the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I.

By the end of 136 meter deep in the tunnel, the team uncovered a descending passage which measures 25.6 meters in length and 2.6 meters wide. The mission eventually uncovered a 54-step descending staircase.

"There were remains of preliminary sketches of decoration that would be placed on the walls," Hawass added.

Hawass believes that Seti I was trying to construct a secret tomb inside a tomb. It is likely that when Seti I died, his son, Ramesses II (1304-1237BC), had to stop the work and bury his father. Ramesses II continued where his father had left off and constructed his own tunnel within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.



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