Archeologists discover replica of mythical tomb of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead

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Jan 5, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

Home to some of the greatest wonders of the world, Egypt is full of awesome history and jaw-dropping architecture — and archeologists just found something extremely cool hidden under the sand.

Archeologists have uncovered a tomb modeled after the Tomb of Osiris, which is famously described in religious lore, located in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna on the West Bank of Thebes. As Sploid notes, the massive structure includes shafts connecting several different chambers. It’s also protected by a chamber full of knife-wielding demon statues. The entire structure is framed around a statue of Osiris.

The tomb is similar to another that was modeled after the Tomb of Osiris, dubbed the Osireion, which is located in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos. (The real Abydos, not the one from Stargate. -Ed.).

Here’s an excerpt from Luxor Times’ description of the tomb:

The Osiris statue is surrounded by a corridor, which is meant to isolate and protect the most important part of the complex.

The symbolism of Osiris is very evident here, since all the elements recalling the mythical “Osiris tomb” are present: a big staircase of 3,5 meter long with a 4 meter high ceiling at the bottom leading to the Netherworld and another one leading directly to the Osiris statue, which is therefore at a higher level and ideally isolated on “his island”; the Osiris statue itself; the empty corridor surrounding it which symbolizes the channel of water (see Osireion in Abydos); the expected burial chamber below the statue, thus identifying the deceased with Osiris.  

Check out some additional pics of the tomb below, along with a layout of the traditional Tomb of Osiris:

(Via Sploid)