The sarcophagus in front of Egyptologist Harco Willems and his team had already been looted. Any remaining contents were now long lost to fungi. However, they decide to take one last look at the nearly destroyed coffin. When they do, they find something spectacular – a piece of Ancient Egyptian text older than anything else of its kind that had ever been uncovered before.
The coffin that Willems cracked open was laid to rest in a necropolis on the east bank of the Nile. The cliff-side tomb once served as an exclusive burial site for governors during the Middle Kingdom period, which stretched from 2055 to 1650 BC. It was surrounded by stunning, ornate tombs where former leaders laid to rest.