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Early Western CivilizationEgyption Tomb 5 Egyptologists had lost interest in the site of tomb 5 which had beenexplored and looted decades ago Therefore they wanted to give way toa parking lot However no one would have ever known the treasure thatlay only 200 ft from King Tut s resting place which was beyond a fewrubble strewn rooms that previous excavators had used to hold theirdebris Dr Kent Weeks an Egyptologist with the American University in Cairowanted to be sure the new parking facility wouldn t destroy anythingimportant Thus Dr weeks embarked in 1988 on one final exploration ofthe old dumping ground Eventually he was able to pry open a doorblocked for thousands of years and announced the discovery of a lifetime We found ourselves in a corridor he remembers On each sidewere 10 doors and at end there was a statue of Osiris the god of theafterlife The tomb is mostly unexcavated and the chambers are choked with debrisWeeks is convinced that there are more rooms on a lower level bringingthe total number to more than 100 That would make tomb 5 the biggestand most complex tomb ever found in Egypt and quite conceivable theresting place of up to 50 sons of Ramesses II perhaps the best known ofall the pharaohs the ruler believed to have been Moses nemesis in thebook of Exodus The Valley of the Kings in which Tomb 5 is located is just acrossthe Nile River from Luxor Egypt It is never exactly been off thebeaten track Tourism has been brisk in the valley for millenniumsgraffiti scrawled on tomb walls proves that Greek and Roman travelersstopped here to gaze at the wall paintings and hieroglyphics that werealready old long before the birth of Christ Archaeologists have beencoming for centuries too Napoleon brought his own team of excavatorswhen he invaded in 1798 and a series of expeditions in 19th and
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