Ancient Egyptian Tomb Filled with Mummies ‘Cut Into Pieces by Archaeologists’ – Sparking CURSE Fears
SOURCE: THE SUN
BY: CHARLOTTE EDWARDS
AN ANCIENT Egyptian tomb accidentally discovered during a police raid on an illegal excavation site will be relocated to a museum despite this decision sparking a wave of controversy.
Archaeologists are concerned that the well-preserved burial chamber will be damaged in the move and some people think that the ‘curse of the pharaohs’, supposedly unleashed on anyone who disturbs an Ancient Egyptian mummy, will be triggered.
The Ptolemaic burial chamber belongs to a nobleman called Tutu and his wife who was said to be a musician for the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor.
The Ministry of Antiquities has decided to relocate the tomb from the Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag to Egypt’s New Administrative Capital’s museum.
A recent statement from the ministry has already started to cut the walls of the tomb to pieces so it will be in suitably sized transportable chunks.
Dissembling and relocating the tomb is being justified by the ministry as a necessary act to save the chamber from being “in an extremely remote location, where it is [currently] isolated [and] can be subjected to ravage, or robbery.”
However, archaeologists aren’t happy about the move because they think the ministry should be working to preserve antiquities and not taking them from where they were found.
Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna told Daily News Egypt: “Relocation of this tomb is a clear violation to the Venice Charter for the restoration of historical places; and what the ministry is doing is all about destroying this antiquity, instead of saving it.”
Egypt usually follows the Venice Charter’s article seven which states: “A monument is inseparable from the history to which it bears witness and from the setting in which it occurs.
“The moving of all or part of a monument cannot be allowed except where the safeguarding of that monument demands it or where it is justified by the national or international interest of paramount importance.”