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University of Memphis team talks about find in Egypt

We're learning more about a an amazing discovery half a world away.. made by a team from right here in Memphis!

For centuries, no one knew it was there.

"Hundreds of thousands, millions of people have literally walked over this soil, not knowing that underneath it lay another monument," said Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, of the University of Memphis Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology.

But when Dr. Corcoran and her team started digging last December, they hit the jackpot!

"I couldn't have thought of anything better than this, I don't think I could have dreamed of anything better than this," said Sharon Nichols, a graduate student who assisted on the dig.

They found a room with 7 human mummies and dozens of pottery vessels..all just feet away from King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

At first, they hesitated to go inside.

"You know you'd think you'd have this feeling of just wanting to rush inside but we didn't we felt very odd," Dr. Corcoran recalled.

"I felt a lot of responsibility that it was up to us to make sure the excavation went very well and we didn't desecrate their memories," Nichols added.

Corcoran says the discovery will give historians insight into Egyptian life during the 18th Dynasty, more than 1500 years B.C.

But it also raises questions.  For example, why is one of  the coffins empty?

"it indicates that there's mystery with this tomb," Corcoran said.

A mystery Dr. Corcoran and her team are anxious to solve.

They'll continue their detective work when they return to Egypt next week.

To see pictures of the find, click here, here, here, and here.

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