3000-year-old tombs unearthed in Egypt

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Egypt’s Antiquities Minister says Italian archaeologists have unearthed tombs over 3000 years old in the ancient city of Luxor.

3000-year-old tombs unearthed in Egypt
A worker studies one of the funerary jars found inside a recently discovered burial chamber in Luxor [Credit: Egypt Ministry of Antiquities]

Mohammed Ibrahim says the discovery was made beneath the mortuary temple of King Amenhotep II, seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who reigned from 1427 to 1401 B.C. The temple is located on the western bank of the Nile.

Ibrahim says remains of wooden sarcophaguses and human bones were found inside the tombs.

3000-year-old tombs unearthed in Egypt
A handout picture released by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) shows canopic jars that were discovered at Amenhotep II’s funerary temple in western Luxor. The jars were found during an excavation by a group of Italian archeologists after they unearthed a cemetery that includes several graves dating back to the beginning of the Third Intermediate Period (1075-664 BC). Mohammed Ibrahim, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister, said the discovery was made beneath the mortuary temple of King Amenhotep II, seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who reigned from 1427 to 1401 B.C. Ibrahim said remains of wooden sarcophaguses and human bones were found inside the tombs [Credit: AFP]

Mansour Barek, head of Luxor antiquities, says jars used to preserve the liver, lungs, stomach and intestines of the deceased were found. They were decorated with images of the four sons of the god Horus – figures seen as essential by ancient Egyptians to help the soul of the deceased find its way to heaven.

Source: Associated Press [January 10, 2013]

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