Luxor (Egypt) (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday revealed an old grave, sarcophagy and funeral items discovered in Theban Necropolis Al-Assasif…
Luxor (Egypt) (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday revealed an old grave, sarcophagy and funeral items discovered in Theban Necropolis Al-Assasif in the southern city of Luxor.
At a ceremony in front of the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, antiquity Khaled al-Anani told the French and Egyptian archaeologists to discover “a new grave … with very fine paintings”.
Among the findings in the grave are sarcophagi, statues and about 1,000 funeral figures called “Ushabtis” of wood, faience and clay.
The tomb dates back to the Middle Kingdom, which spanned the 11th and 12th dynasties and belonged to “Thaw-Irkhet-If”, the mummification tutor at the Mut’s temple in Karnak, according to the Ministry.
Separately, archaeologists from the French Institute for Eastern Archeology (IFAO) and the University of Strasbourg have discovered two sarcophagi that go back to the 18th dynasty, told Anani for a press conference.
One of the two contains the “well-preserved” mummified remains of a woman called Thuya, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement.
But the speech service Nevine Aref told AFP later that the work was still ongoing to definitely identify the name of the mother.
Egyptian authorities regularly report archaeological discoveries with great fanfare, although the country is often accused of lack of scientific rigor and neglect of its antiques.
Archaeological sites, especially in Luxor, make Egypt a big move for foreign tourists.
Oppressed the worry that framed Egypt after the 2011 rebellion that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak, the tourism sector has picked up this year.