Mummy, Mural Highlight Tombs Discoveries at Luxor

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December 10, 2017

Archaeologists have found another treasure trove of tombs in Egypt. Included in the find in two tombs near Luxor were a linen-wrapped mummy, gold-plated funerary goods, and a beautiful nearly intact wall mural.

The tombs, as usual, had multiple rooms. One tomb had five entrances that led to a rectangular hall; the other tomb had a nearly 20-foot burial shaft that led to four side chambers.

Egypt 18th Dynasty tombsThe tombs were found at Draa Abul Naga, near the site of another recent find, that of a goldsmith named Amenemhat. Mostafa Waziry, leader of the current excavation, said that he thought that one of the bodies in one of the newly found tombs belonged to a man referenced in evidence found in the goldsmith's tomb.

On the wall of one of the tombs is a large mural depicting a banquet or other social event.

A cartouche carved on the ceiling of one of the tombs bears the name of King Thutmose I. Inscriptions and paintings date to a time between the reigns of Amenhotep II and Thutmose IV.

Also in the tombs were funerary masks, hundreds of statues, furniture, and other artifacts associated with what Egyptians believed was the trip to the afterlife. One intact statue was of a woman named Isis Nefret, thought to be the mother of the occupant of a tomb.

Archaeologists dated the two tombs to the 18th Dynasty, which stretched from 1550 B.C. to 1298 B.C. and featured some of Ancient Egypt's most famous pharaohs, including Akhenaten, Tutahnkamen, and Hatshepsut.

A German Egyptologist, Friederike Kampp-Seyfried, surveyed a number of tombs in the area in the 1990s, but the two recently rediscovered were not fully excavated.

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