Cairo - (Grateful Dead Sea Scrolls): "Was this where the ancients first wrote Hotel California?" Egypt's Head of Antiquities Dr Zahi Hawass asked at a news conference today.
The Cairo University Professor of Archaeology was unveiling a number of astonishing new finds - including some superb mummified eagles! - in what is claimed to be the largest known tomb of the ancient necropolis of Sakkara in Southern Cairo.
The star find is described as Ancient Egyptian-American Bald Eagles, feathers a bit ruffled but still in exquisite condition for all their 2,500 years.
"You know the most amazing thing?" Dr Hawass added. "This sacred mausoleum if dedicated to the premier Egyptian god Ra - the eagle god of the sun.
"It's decorated on the inside like a massive 26th Dynasty nest!
"The vault itself is like a complex labyrynth with a number of maze-like small rooms and passageways. Took me nearly 24 hours to find my way out first time round!
"And that's where we found the ancient coffins, skeletons and well-preserved clay pots.
"Check the last verse of Hotel California, guys! Last thing I remember/I was Running for the door/I had to find the passage back/To the place I was before/Relax said the night man/We are programmed to receive/You can checkout any time you like/But you can never leave!
The iconic 70s band will be resuming their Long Road Out Of Eden tour in the summer of 2010 co-headlining with Fleetwood Mac in a series of concerts in North America, Europe and Egypt.
The last time they officially played there was by the Great Pyramid of Giza under an eclipsed full moon in 1974 along with the Grateful Dead.
Jerry Garcia later said that was the most mind-bending gig he'd ever played.
Local hospitality apparently included 2,500 year-old bong delights from the Cheops Pyramid.