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Secret stairs on the banks of the Nile: Found a beautiful 3,500-year-old princess room

Scientists have discovered a mysterious staircase leading to a crypt, this may be the resting place of an Egyptian princess lying beneath a small cliff on the west bank of the Nile.

According to Heritage Daily, early estimates suggest that the tomb may belong to the 18th Dynasty (1550 – 1292 BC), which is the New Kingdom period of ancient Egypt.

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This dynasty is also known as the Thutmosid Dynasty, a reference to the four pharaohs named Thutmose, and is also the period in which some of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs such as Hatshepsut, Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten and Tutankhamun ruled respectively.

The scene of the excavation of the mysterious tomb most likely that of an Egyptian princess – (Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)

The tomb is hidden at the foot of a small cliff on the west bank of the Nile, where the Valley of the Queens is located. A team of researchers, coordinated between Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and the University of Cambridge (UK), found stone steps leading down to a burial chamber.

This mysterious “khue room” was carefully constructed but in poor condition damaged by floods from ancient times. Limestone and sand deposits pumped in by the floods have caused extensive damage to the inscriptions and interiors, so scientists have not been able to pinpoint the person in the grave.

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However, they still hope that when bringing in the mummy and burial objects – which will probably appear gradually after the sediment is gradually removed – will reveal more information.

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Preliminary conclusions suggest that the grave may have belonged to a member of the royal family of not very high rank, for example a princess of Thutmosid descent or the wife of one of the pharaoh’s sons.

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