14 – Qubbet el-Hawa Necropolis
Qubbet el-Hawa, which is Arabic for House of the winds, is also known as the Valley of the Princes. The necropolis at Qubbet el-Hawa is located on a rocky hill on the western bank of the Nile and served as the burial grounds of the region’s highest dignitaries.
A team of archeologists has recently found an intact mummy, identified as Shemai, which belonged to the brother of a prominent and well-known governor of the island of Elephantine some 3800 years ago. Besides the well-preserved mummy, the discovery is noteworthy as well for the fact that archeologists, for the first time, were able to document the entirety of one of the multiple burial chambers found on the island.
The discovery of Shemai illuminates the genealogy of a lineage that for centuries served as royal emissaries during the military campaigns of the Egyptian Pharaohs. The next item on the list and perhaps the most amazing discovery in the history of archaeology may well shine a light on the lineage of all mankind!