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2/14/2014 (2 months ago)

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Sarcophagus belonged to a top government official, reports say

Just when archaeologists thought they had uncovered everything, comes exciting news from Egypt: An ancient mummy has been found intact a 3,600-year-old sarcophagus. A team working on a routine excavation at a tomb in Luxor uncovered the painted, human-shaped sarcophagus.

The sarcophagus is in very good condition and also engraved with titles of the deceased, which archeologists have not yet been able to identify.

The sarcophagus is in very good condition and also engraved with titles of the deceased, which archeologists have not yet been able to identify.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/14/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Mummy, Egypt, sarcophagus


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The find dates back to 1600 B.C. The sarcophagus belonged to a top government official, whose mummy was enclosed inside.

Egypt's antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim says that the sarcophagus is engraved with titles of the official, but archaeologists haven't yet been able to identify him.

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The Spanish-Egyptian team also found two other burials while digging at the Draa Abul-Naga necropolis on Luxor's west bank, but both were empty.

"It is believed they were robbed in antiquity," the newspaper reported.

The find came during routine excavation work at the tomb of Djehuty, treasure holder for Queen Hatshepsut, at Dra Abul-Naga necropolis. 

The find is important as it has detailed depictions of bird feather shapes and sizes painted on its lid, motifs that have earned it the title of Feathers Sarcophagi.

The sarcophagus is in very good condition, Ibrahim said, and also engraved with titles of the deceased, which archeologists have not yet been able to identify.

Last year the team unearthed a sarcophagus of a 17th dynasty child, along with a number of clay pots and ushabti figurines wrapped in linen.

Excavation at the site remains in full swing, said Gose Galan, head of the Spanish team.

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