New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb

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A new mummy has been discovered inside an untouched Egyptian tomb.

The tomb is one of a pair found on the west bank of the river Nile in the southern city of Luxor, dating back around 3,500 years.

They are found in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials and the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.

New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
An ancient mummified body that belongs to the 18th Dynasty pharaohs (Picture: Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
Skulls and bones on display (Picture: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi)
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
Ancient Egyptian small statuettes found in the newly discovered “Kampp 150” tomb (Picture: AFP Photo/Stringer/Getty Images)
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
Painted wooden masks on display (Picture: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi)

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said: ‘It’s truly an exceptional day. The 18th dynasty private tombs were already known.

‘But it’s the first time to enter inside the two tombs.’

He said the discoveries are part of the ministry’s efforts to promote Egypt’s vital tourism industry, partially driven by antiquities sightseeing, that was hit hard by extremist attacks and political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
Egyptian archaeologists work on restoring items at the recently found tomb (Picture: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi)
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
An archaeologist restores some items (Picture: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi)

The ministry said one tomb has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls and contains a six-meter burial shaft leading to four side chambers.

The artefacts found inside were mostly fragments of wooden coffins. Wall inscriptions and paintings suggest it belongs to era between the reigns of King Amenhotep II and King Thutmose IV, both pharaohs of the 18th dynasty.

New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
An Egyptian guard stands next to a funeral mural (Picture:AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
Egyptian skulls and bones are found the new tombs (Picture: Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
The newly discovered tomb includes an entrance located in the courtyard of another Middle Kingdom (Picture: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi)

The other tomb has five entrances leading to a rectangular hall and contains two burial shafts located in the northern and southern sides of the tomb.

Among the artefacts found inside are funerary cones, painted wooden funerary masks, clay vessels, a collection of some 450 statues and a mummy wrapped in linen who was likely a top official.

A cartouche carved on the ceiling bears the name of King Thutmose I of the early 18th dynasty, the ministry said.

New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
An Egyptian labourer stands next to a mural found (Picture: AFP PHOTO/Stringers/AFP/Getty Images
New mummy discovered in untouched Egyptian tomb
LUXOR, EGYPT – DECEMBER 09: Ancient tablets and pieces that belong to the 18th Dynasty pharaohs (Picture: Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Afterward, al-Anani headed to a nearby site where the famous Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is located to open for the first time the temple’s main sanctuary known as the ‘Holy of Holies’.

Since the beginning of 2017, the Antiquities Ministry has made a string of discoveries in several provinces across Egypt – including the tomb of a royal goldsmith, in the same area and belonging to the same dynasty, whose work was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Amun.

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