Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fwd: [EEF] concerning rumours about a possible new tomb in the VoK

Thanks to Aayko Eyma (Egyptologists' Electronic Forum) for this compilation on the largely
unsubstantiated speculation that Akhesenamun's tomb may have been found. Glenn

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As the popular press is now picking it up (see 2nd entry below),
I suppose it cannot be blissfully ignored anymore -- but please
note the lack of MoA confirmation and the excess of speculation:

* Press report: "King Tut's Wife May Be Buried in Newly
Discovered [sic] Tomb"

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"Famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass and his team say they've
found evidence of a tomb that could belong to King Tut's
wife. The archaeologists eventually plan to excavate the
new tomb, which is located near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay
(1327-1323 B.C.) in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Hawass told
Live Science. "We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do
not know for sure to whom it belongs," Hawass told Live Science
in an email. On July 7, National Geographic Italia published
an article in Italian suggesting that a team led by Hawass had
found a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and Hawass confirmed
that discovery to Live Science. "We are sure there is a tomb
hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits,"
Hawass said, explaining that the foundations are "caches or
holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such
as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign
that a tomb construction is being initiated." "The ancient
Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever
they started a tomb's construction," Hawass said. Additionally,
"the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance
of a tomb."(...) Hawass said he will direct the future excavations
at the site. (..)"

[Submitted by Kat Newkirk]
* Other English press reports, based on the above press report
(adding nothing extra):
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"(..) In a follow up update to Livescience however, Hawass cautions
that there might not be a tomb there, and that further excavations
are required to be certain."

* For the mentioned Italian press report of National Geographic
Italia that started all this, see EEFNEWS (986):

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It seems to have been taken down since...; you can refind it at

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"(..) accanto alla KV23, (..) I test effettuati tra febbraio e
maggio dai tecnici di Livorno con l'ERT hanno rilevato anomalie
conduttive nella roccia lì dove Hawass ha individuato i foundation
deposits di un'altra tomba reale che potrebbe appartenere ad
Ankhesenamon (..)."

* The Minister has hinted at "an important archaeological discovery
that will astonish the whole world, (..) a graveyard dating
dating back to the Pharaonic era" being in the pipeline, but
without giving any details:

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* Please note that MoA has NOT issued any official press releases
yet about the scanning results, making the Italian interview
Also note that no tomb has been found yet, depite the headers of
the press reports; a scanning anomaly does nót make a discovered
tomb and speculation about any owner is even more premature.

* The foundation deposits mentioned seem to be those found in
2007-2011 by a team with Afifi Rohim Affifi as field supervisor,
and might belong to an unfinished tomb; their report with photos
and plans can be read online (with thanks to Jan Bailey for the

Afifi Rohim Afifi and Glen Dash, "The Discovery of Intact
Foundation Deposits in the Western Valley of the Valley
of the Kings", Proceedings CRE 2014 (2015), pp. 1-12

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Aayko Eyma