Ancient Flowers Found in Egypt Coffin

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Richard Wilkinson, an Egyptologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said that "this tomb is quite bizarre, very mysterious."

But, he says, the discovery of the garlands supports the theory that the tomb was a workshop for preparing royal burials.

"Clearly a lot of supplies for making royal burials were found there," he said.

In addition to the garlands, researchers studying the tomb have found embalming materials, pottery shards, and fabric.

Family Burial Ground?

Stephen Harvey is an assistant professor of Egyptian art and archaeology at the University of Chicago in Illinois.

He says the findings at KV63 shed light on the very human activity surrounding the preparation of an elite burial.

While an embalming cache was also found associated with Tut's tomb, scientists are for the first time carefully recording such a scene at KV63.

"It's just a wonderful kind of human moment—a window into this very intimate process," he said.

According to Harvey, the embalming cache for King Tut was found before his tomb was discovered. KV63, he said, is very similar to this earlier embalming cache.

"It's exciting, maybe a harbinger of a future find. Or alternatively one might tie it into Tutankhamun's burial itself," he added.

Zahi Hawass, head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, opened the coffin in front of the cameras. He says he still believes the tomb belongs to Tutankhamun's mother.

"It would make sense. His tomb is so close that it looks like he chose to be buried next to his mother," Hawass told the AP news service.

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