We Took a Virtual Tour of a 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb So You Didn't Have To. But Actually You Should
Put some music fit for exploration on. Today, we're going to Egypt for a virtual tour of a 5,000-year-old tomb. The Egyptian Tourist Board, along with Harvard University, has made Queen Meresankh III's mastaba tomb—one of Egypt's most historic sites—available with a few clicks.
As the granddaughter of King Khufu (of Great Pyramid fame), Queen Meresankh III was made sure to have the best tomb possible. The site was excavated by Harvard's George Reisner in 1927, and had a unique underground chapel. But enough about history, let's get on with the tour.
What greets you upon entering is an open-concept space.
So, you see, the Egyptians did it first, HGTV. Egyptians, always setting trends.
It's all very beige, but we're sure this was more lively (if you'll pardon the pun) back in the day.
At the end of the hall, you'll find rock-cut statues.
According to Harvard University, "although they are not labeled, they clearly serve to emphasize Meresankh's position among her queenly relatives." This was put there to stunt hard, basically.
And down to the Western Chamber we go.
OK, here's where it gets interesting.
We lied. Of course, the burial chamber is empty.
You'll have to go to the Cairo Museum for Queen Meresankh III's sarcophagus and skeleton. Yep, that was quick. It is a tomb, after all. Of course, we glossed over all of the interesting facts, but definitely take the virtual tour yourself here.
Still haven't had enough of Queen Meresankh III? Check out this more educational tour of her Giza mastaba tomb chapel from the queen herself.