Is the magnificent and mythological tomb of the Egyptian god Osiris actually real? Well, no. Probably not. But archeologists have discovered the next best thing: A tomb which appears to be modelled after the mythical tomb of Egyptian legend.
What Have They Found?
The tomb, which was recently uncovered at the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna on the West Bank at Thebes, appears to be directly based off descriptions of the Tomb of Osiris which appear in Egyptian lore. The large complex features a prominent chamber including a statue of Osiris - the god of the afterlife - which leads to a large shaft and many more rooms below. A diagram of the tomb can be seen below:
One particular room of importance, which is located to the far left of the above diagram, is the funerary room. This room contains several reliefs of demons brandishing knives, and it's suggested these figures are meant to protect the body interned in the tomb from outsiders.
Dr. María Milagros Álvarez Sosa of the Spanish-Italian team which headed the excavation claimed:
It's a unique tomb in the Necropolis of Thebes because it embodies all the features of the mythological Tomb of Osiris.
In reality, the tomb itself has not truly been 'newly' discovered, instead the project aimed to further explore a tomb that was first catalogued in 1887 by Philippe Virey.
Then only known as Tomb Kampp -327-, the tomb was only partially excavated and the passages to it (shown in red below) were never described or published.
Although several images of the tomb have been released, Álvarez told the Spanish news agency EFE that further details of the chambers will be released during the next archeological campaign, which kicks off in the fall of 2015.
However, this isn't the only tomb to be based of the mythical Tomb of Osiris. One particularly famous recreation, known as the Osirion, can be found in the funeral complex near to the temple of Seti I at Abydos.
And in other Egyptian tomb excavation news...
BBC News is also reporting the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian queen has also been uncovered in Abu-Sir, south-west of Cairo.
The tomb, which has been dated to around 4,500 years ago, is likely the final resting place of the Pharaoh Neferefre's mother or wife. The Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty stated that the word Khentakawess was inscribed on the walls of the tomb, suggesting this was likely her name.
As of the time of writing, none of the discoverers of these tombs have described any curse like ailments, or mummy-based horrors.