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The Unbroken Seal Of Tut’s Tomb

Written by: George Chittenden : 18 Jul 2019

This amazing photo was taken back in 1922, which poses the question, how did the rope last 3,245 years without deteriorating? Surprisingly, Archaeologists have found two-ply ropes going back 28,000 years. Egypt was the first documented civilization to use specialized tools to make rope. One key to its long life isn’t the rope itself, but the aridity of the air in the desert. It dries out and preserves things.

Another key is oxygen deprivation. Tombs are sealed to the outside. Bacteria can break things down as long as they have oxygen, but then they effectively suffocate. It’s not uncommon to find rope, wooden carvings, cloth, organic dyes, etc. in Egyptian pyramids and tombs that wouldn’t have survived elsewhere in the world.

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