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Sealed Jars of Wine From 5,000 Years Ago Uncovered in Egyptian Queen’s Tomb

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Sealed jars of wine from 5,000 years ago have been uncovered amongst the grave goods found in an Egyptian Queen’s tomb.

The stash once belonging to Queen Meret-Neith in Abydos, from 3,000 BC, and is one of the oldest ever.

Researchers from the University of Vienna say she was the most powerful woman in the period and possibly the first female pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

Queen Meret-Neith was the only woman to have her own monumental tomb in Egypt’s first royal cemetery at Abydos.

Although her true identity remains a mystery the excavation revealed hundreds of jars of wine, some still sealed, buried with her.

Meret-Neith’s monumental tomb complex in the Abydos desert, which includes the tombs of 41 courtiers and servants in addition to her own burial chamber, was built of unbaked mud bricks, clay and wood.

In addition, inscriptions testify that Queen Meret-Neith was responsible for central government offices such as the treasury, which supports the idea of her special historical significance.

Archaeologist Professor Christiana Köhler from the University of Vienna said that a lot of the finds are undergoing analysis to reveal their secrets.

“The wine was no longer liquid and we can’t tell if it was red or white,” she said. “We found a lot of organic residue, grape seeds and crystals, possibly tartar and all of this is currently being scientifically analyzed.

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Queen Victoria’s Personal Letter Box Dating Back 140 Years is Unearthed–With a Christmas Card Inside

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Queen Victoria’s miniature mailbox which she used to send letters and cards during her reign 140 years ago has been unearthed.

The 30 inch tall box, which was carved into the style of a Royal Mail’s ‘pillar box,’ was recently discovered in a cottage in Surrey, intriguingly with an undelivered Christmas card inside.

The beautiful wooden table letterbox, engraved with the royal cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), dates back to the 1880s.

“We can only imagine the tone and content of the notes the queen must have placed inside but one thing we can be certain of is that she enjoyed sending letters and cards,” said Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers, who is handling the sale.

“Her profile featured on the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp issued in 1840.

Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.

She used the box to mail her letters and cards while she stayed at Osborne House, her favourite holiday destination on the north coast of the Isle of Wight built for her and her husband Prince Albert as a rural retreat.

The card inside was not sent or received by the former monarch and is believed to have been given to the seller’s family in the 1970s.

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