Mummies Unearthed In 3,500 Year Old Tombs

by KHALANI GARAY

Staff Writer

On Tuesday April 18, 2017, in the country of Egypt, Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, ten colorful sarcophagi, and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs. The tombs were found during an Egyptian archaeological mission in the Dra Abu Naga necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge by the name of Userhat and is typical of New Kingdom noblemen tombs. The Ministry of Antiquities, who were in charge of the mission, removed four hundred fifty cubic meters of debris, revealing the entrance of the main tomb and two joint tombs. Since the findings, excavation work is in full swing to reveal the secrets of the two tombs. According to the ministry, the inner chamber of the main tomb houses a collection of sarcophagi from the twenty-first dynasty and mummies wrapped in linen. The archaeologists also discovered ushabti funerary figurines made of faience, terracotta and wood as well as a collection of clay pots. In another room, the mission found “a collection of ushabti figurines, wooden masks and a handle of sarcophagus lid was unearthed ,” the statement said.

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