An Egyptian Discovery

Posted on: January 25th, 2012

The Valley of the Kings is named for the large number of royal tombs of the ancient Egyptians. However, in a surprising discovery a rare tomb has been uncovered. Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a tomb of a female singer after excavations near an older known tomb took place. This discovery is special because it is the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient Egyptian royal families to have ever been found in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb is in good condition and the coffin of the female singer is remarkably intact.

The singer’s name has been revealed as Nehmes Bastet, but little else is known. It has been proposed by archaeologist Pauline-Grothe that the tomb was not originally built for the female singer, but considering the date of the artefacts inside was rather reused for her 400 years after the original one. Further investigation is needed to discover the original owner of the tomb and why it was reused.