A RESEARCHER studying the tomb of an ancient Egyptian queen has warned the findings may foretell disaster.
The burial site of Queen Khentkaus III, dubbed the Queen Mother of Egypt, was discovered last November by a team of Czech archaelogists, near that of her husband, Pharaoh Neferefre.
And they believe her story – “a black patch in Egypt’s history” – holds stark lessons for modern day society.
The previously unknown royal lived about 4,500 years ago, around 2450 BC, just before the ancient Egyptian civilisaton collapsed, the Nile DRIED UP and drought destroyed the kingdom.
In a grim warning, team leader Professor Miroslav Barta has revealed striking parallels with modern day life and climate change means similar catastrophes could be heading our way.
Professor Barta said Egypt was a prosperous country when Khentkaus III ruled, but after her death the Pyramid-building civilisation faced economic collapse due to drought.
As climate change takes its toll, he believes history could now repeat itself and bring down rich nations in the modern world.
The professor said valuable lessons can be drawn from Khentkaus III’s story, warning that people mustn’t be complacent.
He told CNN: “By studying the past you can learn much more about the present. People always think ‘This time it’s different’ and that we’re different. We are not.”
Barta said people should accept collapse as “part of the natural course of things” and one of the necessary steps toward ressurection.
“Then we shall be able to do something about it.”
Perhaps ominously, when the burial sight was discovered, the Queen’s skull had been crushed by tomb raiders.