Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, January 18, 2010

Dr Hawass has published a photo showing some of the finds from the Tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, tomb KV17.  The size of one of the statues is surprising (even if it doesn't look to be a premier piece).  If these articles were carried into the tunnel by water then the force of water must have been considerable, although the tomb doesn't seem to show flood damage consistent with a large torrent of moving water.  It does make it seem as though the tunnel had a purpose as Dr Hawass himself has said he believes.


Geoff Carter said...

The shaft/ tunnel did its job, preventing flood water reaching the tomb.

Chris said...

As of the video, the length of the tunnel was said by Dr. Hawass to be 155 meters, and the excavation was still in progress. That's a major anount of effort for something simply symbolic.

If I were a pharoah and I wanted to hide something, I might build a long, treacherous, intimidating tunnel to discourage thieves (physically and psychologically). Dr. Hawass is using the most modern of excavation and engineering techniques and he'd been at it for at least two seasons.

I feel that something has to be at the end of this thing. Maybe we will see the result this season.


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