Often said to be the longest river in the world, the Nile snakes through 11 modern countries. This ancient river spawned many civilizations and battles that scattered cemeteries along its banks. There are history-changing finds inside some of the graves, but not all of them can be fully explained.
10The Alabaster Tiye
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In 2017, workers near Luxor shifted the enormous statue of King Amenhotep III (1390–1352 BC). While doing so, they discovered that a previously unknown statue had been mysteriously hiding next to the king’s right leg all along.
Unlike the colossal Amenhotep, the woman appeared to be life-size and was carved from alabaster. The 3,400-year-old carving is unique and expertly produced, depicting who archaeologists believe is Queen Tiye.
Several statues of Tiye, the wife of Amenhotep III and grandmother to Tutankhamen, had already been found inside the mortuary temple on the west bank of the Nile. This was the first not to be made of quartzite.
Remarkably, due to being in superb condition, the colors with which the artist originally painted her are still present. This particular Tiye survived a lot—from escaping looters, repeated Nile floods that damaged the temple, and even an earthquake that hit the complex in 27 BC.