Chest reveals clues about the lost tomb of Pharaoh Thutmose II

Hyperaxion Mar 13, 2020

A box was found with objects and had the name of Thutmose II engraved. He died at 16, after reigning for only three years.

A 3,500-year-old chest containing the remains of a goose was discovered in Egypt by archaeologists. The stone artifact also contained a wooden box engraved with the name of Thutmose II.

The chest indicates that a royal tomb may be hidden nearby.
The chest indicates that a royal tomb may be hidden nearby. (Credit: Andrzej Niwiński).

Discovered in Deir el-Bahari, a complex of mortuary temples in the western area of the River Nile, the chest indicates that a royal tomb may be hidden nearby. In addition, several items wrapped in linen canvas were found inside the box.

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There was a goose, a goose egg and an egg of a bird known as an ibis. It is not clear why the animal was sacrificed, but there are indications that it was due to a religious ritual.

(Credit: Andrzej Niwiński).

Professor Andrzej Niwiński, from the University of Warsaw in Poland, told the Polish Press Agency that the object is about 40 centimeters long, with a height slightly less than that. “It was perfectly camouflaged, it looked like an ordinary stone block. Only after a closer look was it discovered,” said Niwiński, according to the British newspaper The Sun.

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Pharaoh Thutmose II was married to the famous Queen Hatshepsut, his own sister. It is known that he reigned for only three years before his early death, at the age of 16. Based on the symbolism and engravings of the artifacts, Professor Niwiński said he hoped to find a real tomb. “The deposit implies that a temple or tomb was erected for the king here,” he said.

(Credit: Andrzej Niwiński).

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