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We Took a Virtual Tour of a 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb So You Didn't Have To. But Actually You Should

Here's what awaits in Queen Meresankh III's resting place.
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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.

Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
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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.

Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

At the end of the hall, you'll find rock-cut statues.

Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
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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.

Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

OK, here's where it gets interesting.

Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
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Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

We lied. Of course, the burial chamber is empty.

Photo by THE GIZA PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
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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.

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