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Started 11/11/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 36716 views.
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

11/24/18

Egypt unveils ancient female sarcophagus

Two men in dust masks examine a large, well-preserved sarcophagus, with bright, clear painting on it

Egyptian authorities have unveiled a well-preserved mummy of a woman inside a previously unopened coffin in Luxor in southern Egypt dating back more than 3,000 years.

Key points:

  • First known time authorities unveiled previously unopened sarcophagus before international media
  • On same day, authorities revealed another tomb belonging to Thar-Irkhet-if
  • Inside that tomb, there were paintings showing its owner and family

The sarcophagus, an ancient coffin, was one of two found earlier this month by a French-led mission in the northern area of El-Asasef, a necropolis on the western bank of the Nile.

The first one had been opened earlier and examined by Egyptian antiquities officials.

"One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty," Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al Anani said.

"The two tombs were present with their mummies inside."

The Eighteenth Dynasty dates back to the 13th century BC, a period noted for some of the most well-known Pharaohs, including Tutankhamen and Ramses II.

It was the first known time authorities had opened a previously unopened sarcophagus before international media.

Earlier in the day, authorities also revealed in the same area the tomb of the overseer of the mummification shrine identified as Thaw-Irkhet-if.

The tomb contained five coloured masks and about 1,000 Ushabti statutes — the miniature figurines of servants to serve the dead in the afterlife.

About 300 metres of rubble was removed over five months to uncover the tomb, which contained coloured ceiling paintings depicting the owner and his family.

The tomb, which also contains mummies, skeletons and skulls, dates back to the middle-kingdom, almost 4,000 years ago, but was reused during the late period.

Ancient Egyptians mummified humans to preserve their bodies for the afterlife, while animal mummies were used as religious offerings.

Egypt has revealed more than a dozen ancient discoveries since the beginning of this year.

The country hopes these discoveries will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travellers who once flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids but who have shunned the country since its 2011 political uprising.

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

11/25/18

 And you beat me to it!

Extraordinary!

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11/29/18

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

12/16/18

Egypt unveils 'one of a kind' ancient tomb

An excavation stands in front of a wall that has ancient Egyptian statues and hieroglyphs carved in.

Egypt unveiled a well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb decorated with hieroglyphs and statues south of Cairo on Saturday, and officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months.

Key points:

  • The find is unique because the colour and statues are largely intact after thousands of years
  • The tomb dates from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai
  • More discoveries are expected as excavations continue

The tomb was found in a buried ridge at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. It was untouched and unlooted, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters at the site.

He described the find as "one of a kind in the last decades".

The walls are decorated with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs.

Mr Waziri said the tomb was unique because of the statues and its near-perfect condition.

"The colour is almost intact even though the tomb is almost 4,400 years old," he said.

The tomb dates from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

Archaeologists removed a last layer of debris from the tomb on Thursday and found five shafts inside, Mr Waziri said.

One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed.

They are expecting to make discoveries when they excavate those shafts starting on Sunday, he said. He was hopeful about one shaft in particular.

"I can imagine that all of the objects can be found in this area," he said, pointing at one of the sealed shafts.

"This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb."

The tomb is 10 metres long, 3 metres wide and just under 3 metres high, Mr Waziri said.

The tomb lies in a buried ridge that has only partially been uncovered.

Mr Waziri said he expects more discoveries to be made there when archaeologists start more excavation work in January.

The Fifth Dynasty ruled Egypt from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC, not long after the great pyramid of Giza was built.

Saqqara served as the necropolis for Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt for more than two millennia.

Ancient Egyptians mummified humans to preserve their bodies for the afterlife, while animal mummies were used as religious offerings.

Egypt has revealed over a dozen ancient discoveries this year.

The country hopes the finds will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travellers who once flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids but who fled after the 2011 political uprising.

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

12/16/18

I saw it last nite late and was going to send it to you, but could not get the page to accept my message. This happens occasionally.

it is fantastic, looking forward to the opening of the 1st tomb. They seem to think it belonged to a high priest.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

12/16/18

Thanks for posting those!

It's incredible how well preserved everything is!

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3/21/19

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