The ‘truly amazing spectacle’ inside the ‘labyrinth of treasure’ astounded an Egypt archaeologist.
THE “really amazing tableau” she discovered inside a “labyrinth of treasure” astounded an Egyptian archaeologist.
The tomb of Pharaoh Seti I of the 19th Dynasty, KV17, is located in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. It was discovered on October 16, 1817, by Giovanni Battista Belzoni, but has been closed since the early 1960s because to serious structural damage. During Odyssey’s “The Valley Of Kings: The Egyptian Golden Age,” Egyptologist Joann Fletcher was given privileged access.
Tutankhamun was replaced by a line of military monarchs — the 19th Dynasty – after he died without an heir.
“With no direct royal ancestors, the new dynasty wanted to reconnect with Egypt’s glorious past, so it revived traditional beliefs in a renaissance led by Seti I, one of Egypt’s most powerful kings.
“In the Valley of the Kings, his tomb is the largest pharaoh’s tomb ever built.
“I’ve been granted unique authorization to investigate this treasure labyrinth.”
Prof Fletcher was astounded by the tomb’s incredible contents as he entered it.
“It’s enticing us down into the underworld and just dragging us into the darkness — it’s a really, very deep tomb,” she continued.
“There are 174 meters of halls and chambers, all chiseled out by hand and covered in some genuinely stunning landscapes from floor to ceiling.
“What an incredible chamber, brimming with tiny gold nuggets and twinkling stars.
“However, the walls of Seti’s tomb provide a clear message, revealing the full restoration of Egypt’s traditional deities.”
The experts describe how the pharaoh’s tomb was embellished to demonstrate his authority and provide him with a ticket to the afterlife.
“This is a wonderful chamber, it is repeated representations of the pharaoh with the gods,” she continued.
“We see him here with Anubis, the graceful black jackal deity of embalming and the afterlife.
“And here he is, presenting sacrifices to Hathor, the maternal goddess of love who cares for all the dead souls.
“The portrayal of the ultimate deity in the tomb, Osiris, god of the underworld, makes the strongest connection to Egypt’s past.”
Seti’s tomb is one of the valley’s best-decorated tombs, however it is currently almost always closed.
All but two of its 11 chambers and side rooms have remarkably well kept décor.
One of the back chambers has been embellished. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”