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“KV-63 is located in the Valley of the Kings approximately 14.5 meters from the south edge of KV-62, the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Dr. Zahi Hawass officially pronounced our newly discovered tomb, KV-63 on 10 February 2006. However, the initial shaft was discovered a few days before the end of our 2005 season. KV-63 is the first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since 1922.”
From 1998 to 2002, the Amarna Royal Tombs Project (ARTP), led by Nicholas Reeves, undertook controlled stratigraphic excavation and geophysical surveying in the central area of the supposedly worked-out Valley of the Kings. Its impetus was both theoretical and practical, according to the project's website (www.valleyofthekings.org). It was influenced by a study of the immediate post-Amarna burials Tomb KV55 and Tomb KV62 (Tutankhamun) and what these two tombs seemed to reveal about other possible burials of the period in the immediate vicinity. And it was driven by a physical threat that the rubble fill of the Valley, and along with it most of the archeology, might be removed wholesale to combat the seriously damaging effects of flash-flooding on the open tombs. "My particular quarry was the burial place of Nefertiti, Akhenaten's wife and coregent (who, I concluded, had been buried in the Valley as and when she died)," says Reeves. Also of interest were the "whereabouts of Akhenaten's secondary consort Kiya, his second daughter Meketaten and other lesser members of the royal family who had originally been interred at El-Amarna." As the work progressed, however, Reeves discovered that extensive key areas in the Valley were archaeologically intact, and priorities necessarily changed. But the project was brought to a halt in 2002. Reeves was falsely accused of involvement in antiquities smuggling and his permit was revoked. In August 2005, he was officially cleared of any wrongdoing by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), though not allowed to return to his work in the Valley. In the interim, the area under investigation by ARTP had begun to be excavated by Otto Schaden and a team from the University of Memphis, which had been at work on KV10, the nearby tomb of Amenmesse. In 2005, Schaden found the top of the shaft leading to KV63, not knowing that it had been detected during geophysical prospecting by ARTP in 2000. While admitting an understandable "obvious disappointment," Reeves states that it was "Otto Schaden who physically uncovered it and confirmed its character. Under those circumstances there can be no question that the credit for actual discovery should go to him and to the University of Memphis." Reeves immediately shared his geophysical evidence for the existence of KV63 with Dr. Zahi Hawass and the SCA and with Schaden and his colleagues.
First detected by Reeves' team in 2000 using ground-penetrating radar (GPR), KV63 and 'KV64' represent the most important finds to have been made in the Valley of the Kings since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.
Originally posted by ElectroMagnetic Multivers
I was interested by the mention of Cayce, he supposedly guessed this was here 20 years before it's 'announcement? Interesting, I've always been on the fence about Cayce, he had some interesting ideas, but it was more his message. The tablet of Thoth had some incredibly interesting 'wisdom' in it, very thought povoking.
Originally posted by Venit
I have a feeling that this is probably down to wanting to keep looters away. Remember that an archaeological site is very sensitive to those who don't know what they're doing. If an item is removed it's basically worthless without knowing it's context (where and in what layer it was found).
The rational answer is usually the correct one :-)
Originally posted by Illahee
You know what else really gets my goat, is that Egyptologists blindly clamor along behind what some professor has told them, yet don't stop for one minute to think that all that great stone carving may have been done after the original carvings were shaved off and they may only be the second carved works on the same stones.
Could that be what they are trying so hard to hide? The current stone surfaces date properly but they need to make sure no original work is uncovered?
Originally posted by Illahee
reply to post by Skyfloating
Explains the differences in the sphinx rather well. What would you do if your tribes came upon a great abandoned civilization? Take it for yourselves and decorate?