Two 2,500-year-old tombs discovered in Egypt


Cairo: A Spanish archaeological mission has discovered two adjacent tombs in Egypt’s Minya governorate dating from the Saite dynasty (664 BC-525 BC), the tourism ministry said and of Antiquities of Cairo.

The University of Barcelona mission found the remains of two unknown people with golden tongues in one of the graves, the Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, citing Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Inside the tomb, he said, a limestone coffin with a lid in the shape of a woman was found, adding that the remains of an unknown person were also found next to the coffin.

Preliminary studies on the tomb revealed that it had already been opened in ancient times, Waziri pointed out.

During this time, the second tomb was completely closed and the mission opened it for the first time during excavation.

The mission’s director of excavations, Hassan Amer, said the mission found at the level of the second tomb a limestone coffin with a human face in good condition, in addition to two coffins containing canopic jars.

“One of the jars contained 402 Oushabti earthenware figurines, a set of small amulets and green beads,” he added.

Egypt has witnessed several large-scale archaeological finds in recent years in different parts of the country, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies.

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Posted on: Monday December 06, 2021 09:38 IST


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