December 2, 1988 |
Robbers dynamited and looted three ancient Roman tombs in the southern port city of Tyre, 45 miles south of Beirut, police and the newspaper An Nahar reported. An official in charge of the sites, Wafik Allam, said, "The vandals destroyed the tombs in order to steal the items inside." Allam said that similar vandalism had destroyed as many as 10 tombs recently, with the loss of contents worth "millions of dollars."
May 27, 1999 |
Egyptian archeologists said they were finalizing restoration work on a funerary complex built near the great Giza pyramids 4,600 years ago ahead of opening it to the public. The tombs of the ambitious priest Kai, which are rich in artistry and details of daily life during the 4th dynasty, were found in March in a cemetery west of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. "This complex is unique because it is one of the most beautifully painted in the area.
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April 18, 1988 |
Workers cleaning the dusty tomb of Ramses II's beautiful Queen Nefertari have found a fragment of beaten gold jewelry that grave robbers and tourists apparently overlooked for 3,250 years. Resins clinging to the etched fragment indicate that it may have been attached originally to her missing mummy, Egyptian and U.S. officials said last week. The only other surviving legacy of Nefertari is the lid of her sarcophagus, on exhibit at the Turin Egyptian Museum in Italy.
September 4, 2004 |
Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 pinkie-sized statues and six coffin-sized niches carved into granite rock.
November 5, 1994 |
Fresh flooding swept through southern Egypt on Friday, drenching 70 additional villages, seeping water into some of the historic tombs of the pharaohs and collapsing 500 houses on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor. And as survivors of a burning flood that surged from a fuel depot about 200 miles south of Cairo this week began burying their dead, the discovery of dozens of new corpses pushed the death toll from the bizarre tragedy to more than 500.
January 17, 2004 |
French scientists have found the first complete skeleton of a lion in a tomb in the Nile valley -- a discovery they say confirms the lion's sacred status in ancient Egypt. The adult male skeleton that was buried about 2,000 years ago was unearthed at Saqqara. It was near the entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen's wet nurse, they reported in the Jan. 15 issue of Nature.
April 13, 1989 |
Empress Dowager Nagako, Emperor Hirohito's widow, visited her husband's tomb for the first time Wednesday in her first trip outside the Imperial Palace in nearly seven months, a palace official said. The 86-year-old empress dowager rode in a passenger car from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to Hirohito's hillside mausoleum in Hachioji about 30 miles away. She walked several yards to the tomb with the help of an aide. Emperor Hirohito died of cancer Jan. 7 at age 87. His widow did not attend the ceremonies because of ill health.
November 24, 1995 |
A moderate aftershock rattled the Middle East on Thursday, and caretakers of the Great Pyramids at Giza discovered that the previous day's deadly quake has spread slight cracks in a 5,000-year-old burial chamber. The 20-second, magnitude-5.4 aftershock was centered south of the Israeli resort of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, the same as the original quake Wednesday, Israel's Institute for Petroleum Research and Geophysics said.
September 23, 1992 |
The tomb of Tutankhamen, the celebrated burial place of an Egyptian boy king, is slated for conservation in a collaborative venture between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization. The challenge for the joint project, to be announced today at a press conference in Cairo, is to restore the cracked, flaking wall paintings in the 3,300-year-old tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings on the Nile River near Luxor.
July 7, 2007 |
Chinese researchers say they have found a strange pyramid-shape chamber while surveying the huge underground tomb of China's first emperor. Remote sensing equipment has revealed what appears to be a 100-foot-high room above Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb near the ancient capital of Xi'an in Shaanxi province, the state-run New China News Agency reported this week. The room has not been excavated.