- Title: EGYPT: TOMB DISCOVERED OF PYRAMID WORKER'S BOSS.
- Date: 21st June 2002
- Summary: (L!1) CAIRO, EGYPT (JUNE 17, 2002) (REUTERS) OUTSIDE VIEW OF THE TOMBS CLOSE-UP ON THE ROOM OF THE TOMB WORKERS WORKING CARRYING THE SAND OUT ON A ROLLER CLOSE-UP OF THE WORKERS SAND EXTERIOR OF THE DISCOVERED TOMB CLOSE-UP OF WORKERS CARRYING OUT THE SAND ROOM OF THE TOMB WITH THE FOUR HOLES INSIDE IT CHAIRMAN OF SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES DR. ZAHI HAWASS POINTING OUT THE NAME OF HEAD OF WORKERS WHO BUILT THE PYRAMIDS IN HIROGRAPHICS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES DR. ZAHI HAWASS SAYING "A new tomb discovered recently in the tombs of the pyramid builders southeast of the Sphinx, two kilometres only. It was found in the upper cemetery containing tombs of technicians such as draftsmen and craftsmen. This tomb is very interesting because it cut in the rocks and you can see in the entrance of this tomb a very interesting description that tells us the name of this person. His name was Neni Sut Wissert and he had a very important title, he was the overseer of the administrative district. He was doing the administration, in my opinion, of the workmen camp, the camp that housed the workers who built the pyramids. And inside the tomb, cut in the stone, are very interesting shafts containing for the first time in this area an intact sarcophagus. An intact limestone sarcophagus was completely sealed with mortar. We did not open the sarcophagus yet but we are planning to open it very soon. But this is the first time inside the tombs of the workmen, we found until now over one hundred and twenty tombs in the upper cemetery (and) no sarcophagus have been found (in them)." CHAIRMAN OF SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES DR. ZAHI HAWASS GOING DOWN THE ROOM TO SEE THE TOMB FOUND CLOSE-UP OF THE SARCOPHAGUS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES DR. ZAHI HAWASS DOWN WITH THE SARCOPHAGUS SAYING "This sarcophagus is completely intact in limestone; it is about two metres long and one metre wide." OUTSIDE VIEW OF THE TOMB AND THE WORKERS WORKING NEAR THEM
- Embargoed: 6th July 2002 13:00
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: History,Quirky,Science,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
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- Story Text: A new discovery of a tomb belonging to the director of the workers who built the pyramids.
An Egyptian antiquities team working in the pyramid area discovered a burial chamber containing the tomb of the head of the workers who built the pyramids. This discovery offers further evidence that it was the Egyptians who built the great structures with a developed management system.
The chamber is unique in the workers tomb area in that it is carved in stone. It has two openings which could be for the souls of the dead to enter and leave from. The head workman's sarcophagus, the only one of the five tombs to yield anything so far, is thought to be the oldest sarcophagus yet found from Pharaohnic Egypt.
The chamber has an open pathway leading to its entrance.
There is a portrait inside of the owner of the chamber, the chief workman, and a front room with five burial wells which could contain the bodies of more people as well as of the chief workman. His sarcophagus is made of limestone and sealed with glue, suggesting it has never been opened before.
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