Tomb of Osiris unearthed in Theban necropolis

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A tomb complex has been discovered in the necropolis at the West Bank of Thebes, complete with multiple shafts and chambers, say archaeologists.

Tomb of Osiris unearthed in Theban necropolis
Replica of the tomb dedicated to the god Osiris [Credit: Paolo Bondielli/MinProject]

Inside the tomb, researchers discovered a carving of Osiris and a wall relief with an illustration of a demon holding knives.

According to EFE, the Spanish news agency, the tomb is a smaller version of the Osireion, constructed during the reign of pharaoh Seti I, in the city of Abydos, Luxor. Scientists believe the tomb dates back to the 25th dynasty (760-656 BCE).

The underground complex is made up of a large hall, supported by five pillars, with a staircase from the north wall of the main room, leading down to the funerary area. A carving of Osiris, deity of the dead, is in the middle of the central vaulted temple, according to RTVE.

Tomb of Osiris unearthed in Theban necropolis
The main chamber of the tomb [Credit: Matjaz Kacicnik/Min Project]

A carving of Osiris, the Ancient Egyptian god of the dead, is in the middle of the central vaulted temple, according to RTVE.

The tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Nobles, an area that houses over 15 excavated tombs of ancient Egyptian high officials and dignitaries, Abdel-Hakim Karar, director of the Upper Egypt Antiquities Department told The Cairo Post.

“The tomb was found inside the unfinished tomb of ‘Kampp -327’. It is centred on a statue of Osiris who is depicted sitting in a chapel facing a staircase with a 9-metre deep shaft connecting to another room with another 6-metre deep shaft,” said Karar.

Tomb of Osiris unearthed in Theban necropolis
The entrance of the main structure and sketch showing the 
outline of the tomb [Credit: Min Project]

In ancient Egyptian mythology, “Osiris, God of the afterlife, was murdered by his brother Seth, who was the God of disorder and chaos. Seth shut Osiris in a sarcophagus and threw it in the Nile River before the body was discovered by Seth’s sister and Osiris’ wife, Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic,” explained former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour el-Din.

Isis collected all the pieces and bandaged the body together. But the only body part Isis could not locate was the phallus, as it had been eaten by catfish. Isis created a golden phallus and briefly brought Osiris back to life with a spell, during this time, she became pregnant by Osiris before he returned to death.

Isis later gave birth to Horus, who became seen as a representation of new beginnings and the destroyer of the evil Seth.

For more information see the Min Project Website.

Author: Fiona Keating | Source: International Business Times [January 03, 2015]

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