Unknown Pharaoh's Tomb Unearthed
But ancient Egyptian grave robbers got there first
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2014 11:36 PM CST
Updated Jan 16, 2014 3:31 AM CST
This image released by the Supreme Council of Antiquities shows colored inscriptions on a newly discovered tomb in Egypt.   (AP Photo/Supreme Council of Antiquities)

(Newser) – Amid fresh upheaval in Egypt, archaeologists are still making finds that shed light on the country's past. In the latest discovery, an American and Egyptian team has unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown pharaoh who ruled during troubled times 3,600 years ago, reports the AP. King Seneb Kay—whose name was determined from hieroglyphics on the tomb wall—ruled when the country was divided among several rulers, and Egypt's head of antiquities says the find will provide new insight into a complex and little-known era.

But while the find will provide knowledge, grave robbers appear to have made off with everything else of value thousands of years ago, the International Business Times reports. No funerary furniture was found in the badly damaged tomb, and even the body of the king, who had been mummified and laid to rest in a wooden sarcophagus, had been pulled apart. An archaeologist involved with the dig says the terrible state of the tomb reflects the state of Egypt at the time, when central authority had collapsed. (Click for another recent archaeological find—related to Aztec human sacrifice.)

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jan 20, 2014 2:50 PM CST
So it looks like King Tut had got his retribution on all the bad people of his day. Not only did they steal his intended tomb, they raided his treasure before sealing it up. But he got the last laugh as every body else's tombs got raided and looted except his. His tomb remained sealed up under the hundreds of floods through the years. He got the last laugh if you will.
HANKHILL
Jan 18, 2014 12:27 AM CST
damn found my old gf again!
wei2szu
Jan 16, 2014 8:36 AM CST
"the tomb reflects the state of Egypt at the time, when central authority had collapsed." Wasn't that just a few months ago?