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Dry stone in an ancient Egyptian royal tomb
The stone is made from a limestone, with bits and pieces of copper or bronze cast into the stone. This stone, called the Fosse limestone, appears to have been quarried from limestone.
It is believed to have been used as an entrance to the tomb – something that cannot be done today, given the lack of a burial chamber – although we still know little about the purpose of the stone.
The original discovery was made by a German archaeologist and a Turkish archeologist. It was thought that the tomb, part of a royal burial ground, had been looted by robbers.
But a subsequent discovery by geologist Professor Erwin Schmitt that suggested the discovery may be the burial of a princess of the ancient civilisation known as Thebes, suggested that archaeologists may have discovered the stone on their own.
The princess’s tomb is located in the town of Dendera. And we had our own doubts on the whole thing, because of that. But Erwin Schmitt’s article just confirmed that the Fosse limestone is actually not in the tomb and that’s very exciting
Dr Günter Jost, University of Zurich
The archaeologist who found the stone, Dr Erwin Schmitt, is now the director at the Institute of Chronology and Geography in Dendera.
“It really is the discovery of a new civilisation,” he said.
The princess’s tomb was a major discovery, according to Dr Günter Jost, an anthropologist at the University of Zurich.
“The princess’ tomb is located in Dendera,” Dr Jost said.
“And we had our own doubts on the whole thing, because of that. But Erwin Schmitt’s article just confirmed that the Fosse limestone is actually not in the tomb and that’s very exciting.”
Professor Erwin Schmitt says the Fosse limestone was discovered near the tomb, but it never went into the body of Princess Thetis.
Image copyright German Archaeological Mission
It’s unclear how she managed to get out of the tomb, but it could have been through a secret door or through the use of the Fosse limestone.
But the real mystery is how Thetis was buried. Thessaly was one of the world’s most developed, wealthy, sophisticated civilisation. For its wealth it
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