Secret tunnel found in pharaoh tomb

Secret tunnel found in pharaoh tomb

Archeologists say a recently excavated tunnel in southern Egypt was built to connect a 3,300-year-old pharaonic tomb with a secret burial site, Press TV reported.

The Egyptian antiquities department said on Wednesday that the ancient 174-meter-long tunnel was left unfinished after Pharaoh Seti I's died.

According to head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, it took three years to excavate the tunnel in the ornate tomb of Seti I's in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

First discovered in 1960, the tunnel has now been completely excavated and yielded ancient figurines, pottery shards and instructions left by the architect for the workmen, AP reported.

"Move the door jamb up and make the passage wider," reads an inscription on a decorative false door in the passage, which is written in hieratic, a simplified cursive version of hieroglyphics.

Seti I was one of the founders of the New Kingdom's 19th Dynasty, considered the peak of ancient Egyptian power, and his tomb is famous for its colorful wall paintings.

Hawass believes the tunnel and the secret tomb were not finished because of the Seti I's death, but might have inspired similar structures in the tombs built by the pharaoh's son Ramses II.

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