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This ancient Egyptian tomb may have been ransacked by priests. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

Was This Ancient Egyptian Tomb Ransacked by Priests? (Video)

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In the heart of the Valley of the Kings lies a mysterious tomb, designated as KV64. This mysterious burial site unveils a tumultuous chapter in ancient Egypt's history. The tomb, untouched and hidden for nearly 3,000 years, serves as a silent witness to a period of upheaval. Between two burials separated by 500 years, a dramatic contrast emerges. One occupant was left undisturbed, while the other fell victim to ruthless tomb robbers. The answer to this disparity provides a unique glimpse into the Egyptian past. This eerie episode unfolded during the Third Intermediate Period, a time marked by political turmoil and financial strain. As the wealth accumulated in the 18th dynasty dwindled, the priesthood, led by the high priest of Amun, emerged as a powerful force.

With pharaohs relocating their capital and leaving their treasures behind, the priesthood found a solution to their financial woes – raiding royal tombs. The shocking truth is that the desecration of the royal lady in KV64 was likely sanctioned by the very individuals responsible for protecting these tombs in earlier times. The Valley of the Kings, once a royal burial ground, became a target for systematic ransacking. In this new narrative, the Valley of the Kings did not meet its demise during the Third Intermediate Period; it embarked on a new chapter.

Top image: This ancient Egyptian tomb may have been ransacked by priests. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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