Published On: Mon, Oct 28th, 2019

Egypt: How ‘more than 60 tombs’ were uncovered in huge breakthrough over missing pharaoh | World | News

The burial site served as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis and is home to numerous pyramids including the world-famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Dr Vasko Dobrev has spent the last three decades probing the area just 19 miles from the world-famous Pyramids of Giza and he now thinks he is closer to hitting the jackpot. Earlier this year, his finds were revealed during Tony Robinson’s Channel 5 documentary “Opening Egypt’s Great Tomb” and the presenter was stunned by the huge exposure.

He told viewers in June: “Vasko’s most telling evidence by far is just 50 yards from where he believes the pyramid to be.

“Oh wow, you don’t see something like this every day, do you?

“Over the last few years, Vasko has unearthed tomb after tomb.

“These are sizeable tombs, for important Egyptians, they must have had good reason to be here.

“This is cast-iron evidence that people came here because there is a king buried nearby.”

Dr Dobrev explained exactly what he found and why he believes it will help to find the tomb of Pharaoh Userkare, who was forced into a quick burial due to sudden death.

He said: “We have more than 60 tombs on the surface already.

“If you have people here, they don’t just come by chance, it’s because there is somebody important just behind.”

Mr Robinson then assailed down the first tomb which had been opened recently.

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“No more than a handful of people have ever been down this shaft, at least not for a few thousand years.

“At 15 metres, this shaft is deeper than three double-decker buses are tall, this is extraordinary.”

Dr Dobrev warned: “His name is Ankh-Ti, which means ‘I am alive,’ before Mr Robinson joked back: “I hope he’s not.”

Mr Robinson then explained what he could see inside the deep tomb.

He continued: “Like many of his neighbours here, our tomb owner, Ankh-Ti, was a priest  – a priest laid to rest over 4,200 years ago.

“This does feel a bit Indiana Jones-like – oh yes – there’s hieroglyphics here!

“I thought it would just be a little empty grave, I didn’t realise it would be decorated like this, this is beautiful.”

During the same series, an “unexpected” discovery stunned Mr Robinson in the city of Aswan.

Archeologists Abd el-Monem claimed it could have been the tomb of Imhotep after analysing the inscriptions within.

He said: “So far about nine tombs have been found.

“They broke in by using mechanical digging loaders and this was maybe more than 25, 30 people per night.

“The main goal for them was to steal treasure.

“This was the tomb of Imhotep.”

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