Ever wanted to reenact Tomb Raider? Well, you just might get your chance… Sort of. For the first time since its discovery nearly 30 years ago, the tomb of the Great Pyramid of Giza is now open to the public.
Visitors can tour the ancient tomb, though there will not likely be any raiding. However, the tomb is indeed believed to be cursed, so enter at your own risk! The tomb contains the remains of those who build the Pyramid of Giza, and is located in the “tribal mountain” region, near the Great Pyramid. This particular area in Egypt dates back over 4500 years.
There is a workers cemetery on the site, as well as the graves of three important figures. Two have been identified as the supervisor of the royal palace and the supervisor of construction workers. The third man is unidentified, but is believed to be a man of significance. Archaeologists believe that the man who supervised the workers placed curses on the tomb to protect the dead from thieves. The supervisor’s resting area alone included two fake doors with inscriptions on each.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, author of Valley of the Golden Mummies, writes that the tombs of the construction workers of the Great Pyramid of Giza included the following curse:
“All people who enter this tomb who will make evil against this tomb and destroy it may the crocodile be against them in water, and snakes against them on land. May the hippopotamus be against them in water, the scorpion against them on land.”
Director general of the effects of the Pyramids of Giza, Ashraf Mohi, revealed that two other tombs discovered in the same area have also been reopened. This includes the tomb of Khufu Khaf, the son of King Khufu, who ruled between 2589–2566 BC. The other tomb dates back to around 2340 BC. It includes images of the cemetery owner, Seshem Nefer IV with his family, as well as various animals being hunted and killed.
The Press Office of the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt shared their plan for the area. They would like to open more archeological sites to the public in an effort to boost tourism. The Giza Plateau Development Project includes the construction of a visitor’s center, police stations, office space, and paving the roads in the area. The Pyramids are considered to be one of the great wonders of the world. Archaeologists still do not fully understand how they were built. It is believed that the construction of the Great Pyramids is thought to have involved several thousand skilled and unskilled workers.
Some theories on how those workers transported such large stones includes sliding them over wet sand, using a series of complicated ramps, and turning logs into levers to hoist the blocks up. There is little evidence to prove how the pyramids were truly crafted, and it still remains one of the biggest archaeological mysteries today. Do you believe in curses? The tomb of King Tutankhamen is supposedly cursed, and several deaths have been attributed to the “Curse of the Pharaoh” since the site opened in in 1922.
While the tomb of the Great Pyramid of Giza does not have any deaths linked to its curse, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Perhaps if you’re considering a visit, you might want to take a few tips from Lara Croft. Any excuse to play more video games, right? Want to know more about the mysteries of the Pyramids? The video reveals how archeologists found a secret room earlier this year that left them speechless!
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