Egypt scores another remarkable victory in its battle with time as it unearthed another precious cultural treasure of the past. The digging site is located near the world renowned Valley of the Kings, more precisely in the necropolis of Draa el-Naga. The country hopes the newly discovered ancient tomb will help them bring back tourism to its former glory.
The Head of the Newly Discovered Ancient Tomb Is a Goldsmith
The latest discovery has the shape of a small sepulchral room at the level of the ground. However, the chamber hides a burial one underground that hosts four mummies. The major occupant is a goldsmith called Amenemhat who lived during the 18th Dynasty which took place between 1550 BC and 1292 BC. This was the time of Tutankhamun, Nefertiti, and Hatshepsut.
Nonetheless, the secret tomb is filled with funerary artifacts such as jewelry, wooden sarcophagi, and 150 ushabti statues. The latter are symbolic representations of the servants that would indulge the souls of the mummies in their afterlife.
The Team Has a Lot of Work ahead to Analyze Their New Findings
Former minister of antiquities in Egypt who is also one of the greatest Egyptologists in the world, Zahi Hawass, was excited to see the fruits of his labor. As the leader of the excavation, Hawass read into the presence of the identifiable nobleman as a good sign. He has reasons to believe that further excavation sites in the area would unearth four additional tombs.
Thanks to their expertise, the team learned that the tomb was reused during the Third Intermediate Period which took place between 1070 BC and 664 BC. As a result, they found an annex to the main chamber which contains three other mummies in two coffins dating from the Middle Kingdom (2050 BC and 1800 BC). Therefore, scientists have months of work to do. They want to analyze the mummies, artifacts, sarcophagi, and even the literature that their ancient tomb revealed to them.
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