Ever wanted to reenact Tomb Raider? Well, you just might get your chance… Sort of. For the first time since its discovery nearly 30 years ago, the tomb of the Great Pyramid of Giza is now open to the public.
Visitors can tour the ancient tomb, though there will not likely be any raiding. However, the tomb is indeed believed to be cursed, so enter at your own risk!
The tomb contains the remains of those who build the Pyramid of Giza, and is located in the “tribal mountain” region, near the Great Pyramid. This particular area in Egypt dates back over 4500 years.
There is a workers cemetery on the site, as well as the graves of three important figures. Two have been identified as the supervisor of the royal palace and the supervisor of construction workers. The third man is unidentified, but is believed to be a man of significance.
Archaeologists believe that the man who supervised the workers placed curses on the tomb to protect the dead from thieves. The supervisor’s resting area alone included two fake doors with inscriptions on each.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, author of Valley of the Golden Mummies, writes that the tombs of the construction workers of the Great Pyramid of Giza included the following curse:
“All people who enter this tomb who will make evil against this tomb and destroy it may the crocodile be against them in water, and snakes against them on land. May the hippopotamus be against them in water, the scorpion against them on land.”