Scotland: Missing item from the Great Pyramid of Giza found in cigar box [ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ]

More than 70 years after their disappearance, pieces of wood from the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, 5,000 years old, were accidentally discovered in a cigar box at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The event was announced today by the university. The piece of cedar wood is one of three objects found inside the pyramid in 1872 by British archaeologist Wayman Dixon. Two of them, a sphere and a bronze hook apparently used for its construction, are in the British Museum, but the trace of the piece of wood was lost.

Photo: University of Aberdeen

Photo: University of Aberdeen

Photo: University of Aberdeen

In 2001 a hypothesis arose: the piece of wood may have been donated to the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), but could not be found again. Late last year, an Egyptian antiquities assistant examining the Asian collection, Abir Elandani, fell into a cigar box carrying the flag of ancient Egypt, before realizing that the piece of wood it contained was the lost artifact. had now broken into many pieces.

“When I saw the numbers in the Egypt archive, I knew immediately what it was about,” said the archaeologist. “I have worked on excavations in Egypt, but I never imagined that it would be here, in northeastern Scotland, that I would find something so important for my country’s heritage,” added Abir Elandani.

When he made his discoveries in the 19th century, Dixon hung out with Dr. James Grant, who had gone to Egypt to fight cholera, with whom he developed a friendship. With Dr. Grant’s death in 1895, his collection was bequeathed to the University of Aberdeen, where he had studied. In 1946, his daughter had donated the cedar piece to the university, but he had not registered it and could not find it again despite intensive research.

The assistant for the preservation of antiquities is Abir Elandani

The assistant for the preservation of antiquities is Abir Elandani

Recent analyzes have allowed the piece of wood to be dated between 3341 BC. and 3094 BC, ie about 500 years before the construction of the pyramid. They show that the objects that Dixon discovered, the so-called “Dixon heirlooms”, may have been left there by the manufacturers.

According to Neil Curtis, head of museums and special collections at the University of Aberdeen, the results of this carbon dating are a “revelation” that will “certainly rekindle interest in Dixon’s relics and how they can shed light on the Great Pyramid. “

With information from ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ / AFP

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