Egyptian nobleman unearthed in 3500-year-old-tomb

Paterniano Del Favero
Aprile 20, 2017

The inner chamber of the main tomb houses a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st Dynasty and mummies wrapped in linen, according to the ministry.

Eight mummies, colourful coffins and more than 1000 funerary statues have been found at a tomb near the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in Egypt.

The tomb contained an open courtyard which lead into two halls, one which held four coffins, and the other housing six.

Scientists said it is possible more incredible finds will be uncovered as they explore the ancient tomb.

The artefacts are thought to be at least 3,000 years old.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany declared yesterday the discovery of a cemetery in Luxor that contains numerous coffins, eight Pharaonic mummies, Ushabti statues, and luxurious masks decorated with gold.

The opening was attended by Egyptian minister of antiquities Khaled al-Anany, Luxor's governor, a number of Egyptian officials and local and global archaeologists. "This is (undoubtedly) an important discovery." .

The statues inside the tomb were a specific type known as Ushtabi, small carved figures that often accompanied the deceased into the afterlife to help them.

They later announced that two additional mummies had been found.

The coffins were mainly well-preserved, though some had deteriorated and broken over the years.

Reuters Staff / Reuters Skulls were also found inside the tomb by archaeologists.

Since the 2011 revolution that saw the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the number of tourists visiting Egypt has dropped nearly by half.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a nobleman from more than 3000 years ago.

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