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Tomb of Queen Nefertari

Tomb of Queen Nefertari

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PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Tomb of Queen Nefertari. Burial chamber within the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Nefertari lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II. The room contains four pillars and is decorated with images of deities and heiroglyphics. The Queen's sarcophagus was laid in this chamber, but was stolen before its rediscovery in 1904 by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli. The tomb is located in the Valley of the Queens, near the ancient city of Thebes, Egypt. It is one of the best preserved and most ornate of all known tombs. In 2003 the tomb was closed to the general public.

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