Dr. Zahi Hawass, the well-known Egyptian archaeologist, opened a sarcophagus for the first time with Josh Gates, the star of Expedition Unknown program, aired on Discovery Channel, in Upper Egypt.
Hawass stressed that the tomb is a very important place for two reasons, as it wasn’t opened before and it is for a full ancient Egyptian family.
The Egyptian archaeologist accompanied Gates inside the tomb, asking him to wear a mask for a minute not to be cursed.
What Is inside The Tomb?
The family tomb has a large sarcophagus for the father, who was a singer, and his wife was buried beside him alongside with three children.
Hawass pointed out that there is a sixth skeleton, which is for another family member.
They also found colorful canopic jars which were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife.
They uncovered a skeleton for a dog in the tomb.
Hawass told Discovery team that this dog shows how the ancient Egyptians were keen on burying their pets with them, citing King Amenhotep‘s building two tombs for his pets.
The team unearthed a Senet – a board game from ancient Egypt, whose original rules are the subject of conjecture. The archaeologist told Gates: “Tell your children that you touched an ancient game, dating back to 2,500 B.C.”
“This tomb shows how the strength of the bond between the family members in ancient Egyptian civilization,” Hawass further said.
After opening the sarcophagus, Hawass and Gates found that the skeleton was in bad condition of mummification with remains of a necklace and amulets.
Social Media Impressed with Expedition Unknown
Lots of users on social media were surprised by what Hawass and Gates were doing in the tomb and what they had found underground.
SEE shows some of the tweets from all the world commenting on the incredible episode.