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4/1/2014 (1 year ago)

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The race is on by archaeologists to find ancient Egyptian burial ground

An ancient Egyptian burial ground that is being highly sought after by archaeologists is said to make the treasure of Tutankhamun's tomb look like a 'display in Woolworths." British archaeologist, 72-year-old John Romer believes he has discovered the site where three ancient Egyptian priest kings - Herihor, Piankh and Menkheperre - were buried in Luxor, Egypt, almost 3,000 years ago.

Experts are now racing to secure the site called Wadi el-Gharbi, located in the cliffs on Luxor's west bank, before the arrival of treasure hunters and tomb-raiders.

Experts are now racing to secure the site called Wadi el-Gharbi, located in the cliffs on Luxor's west bank, before the arrival of treasure hunters and tomb-raiders.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Egypt, treasure, archaeology, rivals, John Romer


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Romer claims the burial ground will yield magnificent treasures that will far outshine those discovered in the nearby tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

Experts are now racing to secure the site called Wadi el-Gharbi, located in the cliffs on Luxor's west bank, before the arrival of treasure hunters and tomb-raiders.

It is better to light one tiny candle than to curse the darkness --

Among the many archaeological concerns are that the ancient rock inscriptions surrounding the site, which has remained largely untouched since 1085 B.C., could be damaged by this opportunists with their 21st Century equipment.
 
"Last week, three people were arrested by the army security services at Luxor for entering it," Romer told newspaper reporters.

The only person known to have excavated at the site stretches far back into the early days of the 20th century. Explorer Howard Carter first scratched a hole through the sealed doorway of Tutankhamun's burial chamber in 1922. Carter had previously cut trenches across the valley floor at the Wadi el-Gharbi site over the course of two weeks in 1916.

Carter discovered huge mounds of limestone chippings on the wadi floor, identical to those found in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Carter abandoned his excavations, possibly because he had little idea of what may be buried at the site.

Romer has since focused on deciphering inscriptions left behind in the area by the royal workmen who labored there. Romer's Alex Peden found the name of Herihor among 150 rock inscriptions.

Romer believes Carter was mistaken to restrict his search to the valley floor. He says that the tomb is located higher up in the limestone cliffs which soar to around 1,000 feet.

Herihor Romer says, is most likely to be buried in a coffin of gold, like Tutankhamun [250 years before]. There are likely to be canopic chests, objects of alabaster, gold-plated statues, and thrones, though possibly not chariots."

Romer has been researching the potential tomb for 40 years. He still needs to secure a permit from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to carry out his search.

He now fears he may be beaten to finding the tomb after discovering a rival expedition has already arrived at the area.

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