Grave' Said Detected Near The Sphinx By Hawass Team
Queen Attends Pyramid Meeting
Queen Margrethe was among the first to hear of a new,
sensational grave find in the area between two of the
pyramids of Egypt.
It happened when, as a private individual, she appeared
in Dansk Industri's pyramid-shaped glass hall, at a lecture
given by Dr. Zahi Hawass, the world's leading Egyptologist
and head of the Giza excavations.
Zahi Hawass was on a Scandinavian tour and was so inspired
by Margrethe's presence that he revealed a sensational
Between the Sphinx and the Khefren pyramid Hawass and
his staff have discovered a hitherto unknown subterranean
shaft, reaching a depth of 29 meters [96 feet, approximately].
At the bottom of the shaft they found a stone sarcophagus
surrounded by water. If Hawass's theory holds, he has
found the grave of Osiris, the god of death.
the bottom of the shaft they found a stone sarcophagus surrounded
by water. If Hawass's theory holds, he has found the grave
of Osiris, the god of death.
The Queen was listening enthusiastically from the first row.
Since 1962, when she was a young crown princess and had tried
her hand in Egypt as an amateur archaeologist, she has had
an ardent interest in the pyramids of Egypt.
"The finds Dr. Hawass was describing were so great that
his voice was almost tearful," one listener said.
Inviting the Queen
Zahi Hawass ended his lecture by discreetly inviting the Queen
to visit his excavations in Giza, as Prince Henrik had done
"I hope he'll bring his wife next time," he said.
Sren Haslund-Christensen, the Lord Chamberlain, tells EkstraBladet,
that the Queen is not on her way to Egypt, though.
"Not for the time being. The Queen has a lot of other
things to do. His invitation was an instance of courtesy,"
the Queen's spokesman said.