Cairo, June 23
The archaeologic team assigned to continue the excavation of the tomb of Ramessunakht at Abydos, begun by the late Dr. Zahi Hawass, has reported that yet another mystery has been uncovered. This time inside the sarcophogus of the 10th Dynasty Priest of Amun-Ra.
Dr. Ala Shaheen, head of the Archaeology Department at Cairo University said that they had expected to find the mummified remains of Ramessunakht inside the innermost wooden coffin of the sarcophogus. Instead, they found thirteen papyrus scrolls, a metallic headpiece of previously unknown design and function, two small limestone tablets and a pair of long gloves with only three fingers. The gloves look to be of some metallic material and still supple after 50 centuries. There was no mummy found.
“The fact that there was no mummy was strange enough,” said Dr Shaheen,”but to surprisingly find these other articles is very perplexing, considering what Dr. Hawass had found earlier. The scrolls are very delicate and have not been removed yet, but the headpiece and gloves are in our laboratory at Cairo University. The small tablets are underneath the scrolls, so we have not been able to see anything that may have been carved on them. I am very anxious to remove the scrolls safely to see what they may reveal and the content of the tablets. Think of it! Thirteen scrolls from the 10th Dynasty still intact. What will they reveal? And what are these gloves?”
“I have assigned two more teams of archaeologists for further tomb excavation and a 24 hr military guard is in place to protect against any theft. This tomb is a most unusual find.”
In addition to the guards at the tomb, Egyptian FIN headquarters is assigning two-man teams there as well. Their investigation into the deaths of Dr Hawass and his six associates continues.