The stone relic also holds a wooden coffer inscribed with the name of Thutmose II, famous Pharaoh enthroned at the age of only 13. Found at the prehistoric location of Deir el-Bahari, the relic suggests the presence of a secret regal tomb that has been intact nearby.
Archaeologists discovered numerous packages enfolded in linen canvas inside the box, one of which contained the goose while another contained the egg of a bird known as an ibis. Professor Andrzej Niwiński from Warsaw University said, “The chest itself is about 40 cm long, with a slight smaller height.”
“It was perfectly camouflaged, looked like an ordinary stone block. Only after a closer look did it turn out to be a chest,” he added. A wooden box enfolded in 4 layers of canvas is encased within the stone coffer. There is a secondary box within the wooden box, in the shape of a chapel.
The name of Pharaoh Thutmose II, who married the famous Queen Hatshepsut, appeared on the secondary box. Thutmose II was enthroned when he was just a teenager at the age of 13, ruling for only 3 years before his death at the age of 16.
Several packages wrapped in linen canvas (top left) were found inside the chest. One contained the goose and another contained the egg of a bird known as an ibis. One package contained a wooden box (bottom left and top right)
The remarkable discovery was made at the well-known Egyptian location of Deir el-Bahari, where scientists remain unsure about the reason and the method of sacrificing the goose. The site is a vast complex of temples and tombs situated on the west bank of the Nile, opposite to the city of Luxor, Egypt.
Professor Niwiński stated that he highly expected more discoveries on a missing regal tomb located somewhere close to the burial, based on the relics’ symbolism and inscriptions. “The royal deposit implies that a temple or a tomb was erected for the king here,” he said.
Mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Dayr al-Bahri, Egypt, c1457 BC. Archaeologists announced the discovery of a stone chest and a bundle in Dayr al-Bahri that could lead to the discovery of a royal temple
“And because we are in the middle of a royal cemetery, there is no doubt that it must be a tomb. The discovery of this deposit suggests that we are in the process of finding a tomb,” he added. The stone coffer was made a couple of months ago but only made public recently, and experts keep the excavation work going on, yet they still haven’t discovered the entrance to a hidden tomb.