Sunday, 13 January 2013

Five tombs found in Luxor

Five Third Intermediate Period tombs have been discovered by an Italian archaeology team.  The rock-cut tombs were discovered whilst work was being undertaken at King Amenhotep II's temple on Luxor's west bank.  The private tombs consist of a deep shaft which leads to a burial chamber.  Within the chamber are wooden painted sarcophagi painted with funerary and religious scenes which hold the skeletons of the deceased.  In addition, twelve canopic jars have been found.  They are now being stored for eventual restoration and then display.

The Minister of State for Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim" said: "It's a very important discovery that highlights the importance of King Amenhotep II's temple years after the pharaoh's death,"

Archaeologists unearth five ancient tombs on Luxor's west bank - ahram online

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