A coffin with gold

Published by Metro India News Online on June 19, 2016 19:41:41 PM

Archaeologists will resume a study which aims at decoding the mystery about the identity of one of most controversial coffins in ancient Egyptian history.

The study is being carried out on a collection of 500 gold sheets which were found in a box which was kept in storage at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. It contains the remains of a skull and a handwritten note in French which is dated to 1906 when the sarcophagus was found inside a KV55 tomb.

Located at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, the tomb was thought to hold the body of King Akhenaten, who ruled Egypt from 1353-1336 BC, but no conclusive evidence has been found to substantiate this theory.

The study which began last year, suggested that the gold sheets may belong to the mystery gold sarcophagus of KV55. The note in French is dated to when KV55 was first discovered and it states that the 500 accompanying sheets were found with a coffin though it does not specify which one.