Cache of the Royal Mummies, TT320

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panoramiopix on October 29, 2010

Tomb DB320 (now usually referred to as TT320) is located next to Deir el-Bahri, in the Theban Necropolis, opposite modern Luxor. It contained an extraordinary cache of mummified remains and funeral equipment of more than 50 kings, queens, royals and various nobility including pharaohs Tuthmosis III, Seti I & Ramesses II.

MaxFarrar on July 9, 2012

panoramiopix: This is a famous tomb. It was created about 1000 B.C. by priests to protect the remains of many pharaohs. It was re-discovered by the Abd el Rassoul family in 1870 and mined for artifacts which were sold on the antiquities black market. After 10 years Egyptian officials found out who'd been selling the artifacts and "prevailed" on them to disclose the source. The tomb was unscientifically cleaned out in 1881 and then re-excavated in 1998.

The owner of the Marsam Hotel, nearby, is a descendant of the Abd el Rassoul family and is still waging a campaign in the European press to clear the family's name.

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Photo taken in Qesm Al Wahat Al Khargah, New Valley Governorate, Egypt

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