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Archeologists in Egypt Find Tomb of King Tut's Treasurer

February 11, 1986|From Reuters

LONDON — The 3,000-year-old tomb of one of King Tutankhamun's key officials has been found at Saqqara, site of Egypt's ancient capital, a British archeologist said Monday.

The discovery may be the most important archeological success since King Tut's own tomb was opened in 1922, British experts said.

"It's a miracle," one of the specialists, Geoffrey Martin, told the British Broadcasting Corp. by phone from Cairo. "The most wonderful reliefs and inscriptions are in pristine condition."

Martin said he and Jacobus van Djik of the Netherlands stumbled into the tomb of Maya, treasurer to the boy king Tutankhamun, on Saturday while investigating a burial chamber.

Martin, field director of the Anglo-Dutch Egyptian Exploration Society, said they had been searching for Maya's tomb for 10 years.

They crawled through piles of rubble, he said, and clambered down a rope ladder to a level 50 feet underground, where they found themselves in an "absolutely magnificent" anteroom--Maya's tomb.

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