The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities teamed up with a Spanish-Italian archaeological team to uncover an incredible structure in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the West Bank at Thebes, Egypt: a massive ancient reproduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris, complete with multiple shafts and chambers. Archaeologists found a carving of Osiris and a room with a wall relief depicting a demon holding knives inside the tomb complex. Continue reading for a map of the complex and more information.
This tomb complex is a smaller version of the design of the Osireion, built under Egyptian pharaoh Seti I in the city of Abydos, Luxor, and dates back to the 25th dynasty (760 – 656 BC) or 26th dynasty (672 – 525 BC), based on a comparison to similar tombs that contain Osirian elements. It consists of a large hall supported by five pillars and there is a staircase from the north wall of the main room, leading down to the funerary complex, where there is a carving of Osiris, god of the dead, in the middle of a central vaulted temple.