The riddle is unraveled when Zivie travels to Thebes and finds the text of a peace treaty forged between Egypt and her enemy the Hittites emblazoned on the walls of a temple. The ancient stone inscription identifies Netjerwymes as one of Ramses' trusted envoys, sent to negotiate peace between the two ancient superpowers.
Zivie finds these glimpses into history as exciting as the tombs and artifacts he is uncovering.
"Now, it's a historical figure who is coming to life," said Zivie. "And this is as important as the cow of Hathor, or the statue [of Ramses]. It's not only an exceptional masterpiece, it's not only a beautiful tomb, but it is history."
Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs premieres Wednesday, October 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS (check local listings). The October 2002 issue of National Geographic magazine further explores the secrets of Saqqara.
Additional National Geographic News and Other Resources on Ancient Egypt:
Update: Third "Door" Found in Great Pyramid
Pyramid Builders' Village Found in Egypt
Rising Water Table Threatens Egypt's Monuments
Floods Swept Ancient Nile Cities Away, Experts Say
Study Unwraps Ancient "Recipe" for Mummies
Egyptian Archaeologist Named National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Ancient Egypt Home Page: Photos, Diagrams, More
Expedition Ancient Egypt: Four Days to Tackle It All
At the Tomb of Tutankhamen
How to Make a Mummy
Kids Book: Mummies of the Pharaohs
Kids: Mummies Unmasked
The Mummy Road Show on the National Geographic Channel
More Golden Mummies Emerge From Egyptian Valley
Mummies Reflect Primal Urge to Extend Human Life
Egyptian Mummies Included Animals
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