An Egyptian who goes by the name "Nagy" was illegally digging in his backyard when he discovered a tunnel that leads to the Pyramid of Khufu
, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.
Although the convicted researchers admit that they took samples out of the country, they refute all allegations of damaging the Khufu
During their tour, the two movie celebrities were keen to visit the Great Pyramid of Khufu
, the Sphinx and the panorama area.
The Egyptian government has charged Goerlitz and author Stefan Erdman of illegally taking samples of ancient paint from the cartouche of Khufu
Hawass met with the American delegation to explain the newly-discovered gap in Khufu
Pyramid, the largest of the Giza Pyramids which contains a hollow space of at least 100 feet, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century.
The six tombs that were reopened were those of Ka Am Ankh, an important public official who was in charge of the secrets of royal documents and was supervisor over treasures and priests, Ya San, who was an inspector of gardens and oversaw priests, Ka Hef who was the king's psalmist and Meres Ankh III, who was the granddaughter of Khufu
and the wife of Khafre.
The second one is owned by Egyptian Prince Khufu
and his wife Meritites, all cursed tombs are located in Tribal mountain area and dated to the period of the Fourth Dynasty (2694-2513 BC).
The second one was home to Egyptian Prince Khufu
and his wife Meritites I.
The boat is one of two that were buried next to the Pharaoh Khufu
, spokesmen for a joint Egyptian-Japanese team of archeologists said.
The discovery of the solar boats of King Khufu
at the foot of his Great pyramid in Giza incited a new wave of Egyptomania in 1954, like the one set off by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the 1920s.
The SCA head Mustafa Amin said in a statement Friday that the pyramid of Khufu
, also known as Cheops, would be closed from Thursday evening until Saturday morning for "necessary maintenance.
The boat is one of two buried next to the pharaoh Khufu
in what appeared to be a religious custom to carry him in the afterlife.