November 2006 News in Review: Archeology

When tracing some of the historic November 2006 events regarding archeology, there are quite a few to choose from. In this article, we will focus on the investigation planned for the inside of one of the largest Egyptian pyramids, as well as the excavation that uncovered an interesting ancient artifact and curse details.


Going Inside Cheops Pyramid


If you’ve ever wondered what is located inside the largest of the Egyptian pyramids, you will be pleased to know that a robotic archeologist will venture inside the depths of Cheops. It will be a great accomplishment if some of the secrets surrounding this pyramid could be solved. The robot is small enough to navigate throughout some of the narrow passages leading to what scientists call the “Queen’s Chamber.” A previous robotic adventure occurred in 2002 and this robot will pick off where the last left off.


This particular pyramid project is attracting hoards of researchers, hailing from all over the world. There are teams gathering from Singapore, Britain, and Hong Kong, who will congregate at Giza, which is located close to Cairo. The robot will be outfitted with tiny cameras, and will be sent down the northern shaft positioned close to the Queen’s Chamber.


All of this excitement will peak when the robot is sent in during the proposed February attempt. The buzz surrounding this project involves the hopes of fellow archaeologists, who wish to answer questions regarding Cheops. It is a consensus that it would be rather grand if the tomb of Cheops could be discovered. Cheops was a pharaoh, who ruled Egypt more than 2,500 years before Christ and is the honoree of the largest pyramid throughout all of Egypt.


Ancient Curse Artifacts


When it comes to exploring the ancient ways of Romans and other medieval civilizations, archeologists have uncovered puzzle pieces regarding an ancient curse. For the first time, the treasures from one of the largest archaeological excavations throughout the city of Leicester will be on display. One of these archeological gems is called the Tablet to God Maglus. So, what is all the fuss?


A curse intended for a thief is one of the main finds that have come out of the excavation. This tablet, which is simply a sheet of lead, offers insight through a series of inscriptions that date back to the 2nd or 3rd century. It was meant to call upon the assistance of a chosen god and when translated from an Oxford University expert, the tablet read:


“’To the god Maglus, I give the wrongdoer who stole the cloak of Servandus. Silvester, Riomandus (etc.) … that he destroy him before the ninth day, the person who stole the cloak of Servandus…”


A list of 18-19 suspects was also placed on the tablet. The fates of these men were never revealed.