Feb
15
2006

It's Tomb-a-palooza!

In the past week or so, scientists have uncovered a number of ancient tombs. Each of these will tell us more about early civilizations, and help us understand how cultures evolve.

In northern Greece, archaeologists uncovered a
massive tomb
dating from the time of Alexander the Great. The tomb, found in the ancient capital of Pella, consists of eight rooms, and dates to 200 BC — 400 BC. It's the largest tomb ever found in Greece, and probably belonged to a wealthy family.

In Italy, researchers unearthed a funerary urn that was buried around 1000 BC, about three centuries before the founding of Rome. The urn, believed to contain the ashes of an ancient chief or priest, was found underneath Ceasar's Forum, a square built by Julius Ceasar around 46 BC.

But perhaps the biggest find was in Egypt, where scientists discover an intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. This is the first such tomb found since King Tut's was discovered in 1922, and dates to about the same period, around 1400 BC. The tomb contain five or six mummies in the sarcophaguses. Researchers do not yet know who these people were, or even whether or not they were royal.

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Liza says:

Here's a press release from Zahi Hawass' website; he's the Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. It has some nice photos of the new tomb just found in Egypt.

posted on Thu, 02/16/2006 - 2:23pm

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