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Egypt announces discovery of 2 ancient tombs in Luxor

09 Décembre 2017

Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artefacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored.

An Egyptian archaeological mission led by Mostafa Waziri made the discovery near the Osrahat tomb and the Amenemhat tomb.

The opening of the tombs was announced at an global conference attended by the governor of Luxor, the minister of social solidarity, the director-general of the worldwide Monetary Fund, members of the worldwide media, foreign ambassadors, members of parliament, and Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany.

The other tomb was not excavated and only "uncovered" in April, the ministry said, adding that the tomb's owner is not yet known.

Most of the items discovered in Kampala 161 are fragments of wooden coffins.

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El-Enany said one tomb had two possible owners. It may belong to a person named Djehuty Mes, as this name is engraved on one of the walls. Or the owner could be the scribe "Maati", as his name and the name of his wife "Mehi" are inscribed on 50 funerary cones in the tomb's rectangular chamber.

On one of tomb's pillars there is a scene with a seated man offering food to four oxen. The ceiling of the chamber is inscribed with hieroglyphic inscriptions and the cartouche of King Thutmose I.

The box was probably used for storing an Ushabti figurine 17 cm tall and 6 cm large.

The Antiquities Ministry said one tomb includes a number of small artifacts, a mummy and five pathways to a hall.

Egypt announces discovery of 2 ancient tombs in Luxor