For the past two months work has been in progress at the site where it is believed rest the tomb of the Pharaoh Seti, in the Valley of Kings, near Luxor.
GV PAN..Valley of the Kings
LV Tomb entrance.
GV Workmen arrive in Lorry with materials.
CV Unload scaffold poles.
MV Workmen prepare ropes.
MV Carry air compressor to tomb.
MV Workmen tilt to sign 'Tombe No.17 - Seti I's etc.,
GV Passage leading to main burial chamber.
GV Wall paintings in lower chamber.
SV Men with air pump in main burial chamber.
CU Wall painting in main burial chamber.
CU Another painting.
CV Air pump operated.
SV Entrance to passage where treasure hunt is underway.
CV Men by scaffolding.
SV Ali Abdul Rassoul (on left in turban) descends into tunnel with Government Supervisor.
MV Government Supervisor in tunnel.
CV Air pump pan along pipe leading to tunnel.
SV Worker in tunnel.
MV Workmen take rest spell.
CU Ali Abdul Rassoul and Supervisor converse.
CU Ali Abdul Rassoul.
LV Tomb entrance.
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Background: For the past two months work has been in progress at the site where it is believed rest the tomb of the Pharaoh Seti, in the Valley of Kings, near Luxor. The discovery of 41 stones steps leading off from an unearthed passage has given new life to the diggers who think they may find the burial chamber in the state it was sealed in 1292 BC.
Behind the venture is a 50-year-old Egyptian Ali Abdul Rassoul, who keeps a guesthouse near Luxor. He is backed by the UAR Government Antiquities Department. Rassoul said he was told of the secret passage to the chamber by his father and decided to invest his savings of GBP500 pounds.
There are hopes that the burial chamber may not have been looted by grave robbers as there is no sign of anyone having already found the ancient stairway.