5 archaeological mysteries that can be unraveled in 2019

1 - The secret chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza

Remember in 2017 that researchers announced the discovery of a secret chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt? This structure consists of a large empty space about 30 m long, but so far archaeologists do not know if it would be a remnant of the construction period, an unidentified burial chamber or a space with several funerary niches. .

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A preliminary study was released as early as 2017, but a series of surveys are now being conducted in early 2019, meaning that this year it is possible that new data will be presented to the public and we may have an answer to what this big Empty represents.

2 - The Cheops of Papyrus

Still in Egypt some years ago, archaeologists working at a site called Wadi al-Jarf on the shores of the Red Sea came across a series of papyrus estimated to be over 4, 500 years old.

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The researchers concluded that the documents were from the time of the reign of Pharaoh Cheops, who was responsible for the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza, and part of what has been translated so far revealed that the papyrus details the construction of the structure as well as other projects. Egyptian Architectural Details. However, reviews of the artifacts continue, and this year archaeologists are expected to publish an article detailing their findings.

3 - A new cave containing Dead Sea Scrolls

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Do not you think that because archaeologists found a lot of Dead Sea Scrolls that the search for these documents stopped. So much so that in 2017 and 2018, teams of researchers identified new caves in Qumran - where artifacts were discovered - although no new manuscripts were found. But cave explorations and excavations continue, so we may have news in 2019.

4 - The blocks of the lost city of Irisagrig, Iraq

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Last year, information circulated about the seizure of about 1, 400 tablets that were allegedly looted in Iraq and purchased by US millionaires. The interesting thing about these artifacts is that they mention Irisagrig, a lost city that flourished 4, 000 years ago. Although looters know its location, archaeologists have no idea where it is - and the presentation of the seized pieces can help unravel this fascinating mystery in 2019.

5 - Part of the treasure of the Russian Imperial Family

Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the jewelers of the renowned Fabergé company created about 50 eggs for the Russian Imperial Family - but some disappeared at the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

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It turns out that finding documents mentioning what happened to the artifacts may help reveal not only their whereabouts, but other treasures that disappeared after the murder of the Romanoff Family. Estimates indicate that jewelry - now in private collections around the world - would be worth about $ 285 million, or just over $ 1 billion, and the stakes are that new information should be released this year.