On Saturday, November 24, archaeologists and officials of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities reported on a find in Luxor, in the Asasif necropolis, a sarcophagus with an Egyptian mummy. According to The Telegraph, and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities on Twitter, the burial took place about 3,000 years ago, probably during the reign of the 17th dynasty.
The Asasif necropolis was located on the west bank of the Nile, near the former capital of the state, Thebes. Here representatives of the elite and the court of the pharaohs of the XXVI, XXV and XVIII dynasties, who ruled from 1550 to 525 BC, were buried.
In November of this year, French archaeologists found a tomb with two sarcophagi in Asasif. Scientists began to investigate one of them before, the second sarcophagus opened on November 24. It turned out to be a well-preserved mummy of an Egyptian woman who lived about 3,000 years ago, at the end of the seventeenth dynasty.
“A sarcophagus was of rishi style, dating back to the seventeenth dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty,” said Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anani. The 18th Dynasty dates back to the 13th century BC, a period known to some of the best-known pharaohs, including Tutankhamun and Ramses II.
It was the first time known that the authorities open a sarcophagus directly in front of the international media.
On Saturday, archaeologists also reported on the burial of a courtier previously found, the embalming caretaker of the pharaohs called Thaw-Irkhet-if, who lived about 4,000 years ago. In the tomb, the scientists found several mummies and skeletons, as well as more than a thousand figures of Ushebti (servants who should work in the hereafter instead of the deceased) and five colored masks. The tomb ceiling was decorated with frescoes depicting Thaw-Irkhet-if and his family.
In July, during the excavation work of an Egyptian-German mission of the University of Tübingen in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of the pyramid of King Unas, in Egypt, a mummification workshop was found next to a communal burial with several Funerary chambers, dating from the Han-Persian period (664-404 AD), according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.