Another Undisturbed Royal Crypt From Qatna, Syria

Deutsche Welle tells us,

The burial chamber was found in the Bronze Age city of Qatna, one of the most important kingdoms in ancient Syria. At its height, Qatna was home to some 20,000 and a major trading crossroads from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean and from Anatolia to Egypt. Qatna’s enemies burned down the city in 1340 B.C.
Alongside the bones, archeologists found ceramic pots, as well as containers made from alabaster and granite, originally from Egypt. Gold jewels and the stone sculpture of a monkey were also found.
One of three teams of archeologists working some 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Damascus in what was once Qatna, Pfaelzner’s [the archaeologist] work is based in city’s palace and the western portion of the ancient city. A Syrian team is digging to the east of the palace and a group of Italians are excavating another section of the palace.

The Deutsche Welle article has a good picture of a “monkey” makeup jar from the crypt. The Local, Germany’s News in English, has some additional details. Archaeologists discovered another such crypt at Qatna in 2002. These crypts from Bronze Age, when fully published, will be abnormally interesting. Now they just whet one’s appetite.
If you prefer your German in German, help is at “Spektakuläre Grabkammer in Syrien entdeckt,” also in today’s Deutsche Welle. Here you will find several additional pictures.