Sarcophagus of a child aged over 3,500 years found in Egypt

Archaeologists from the Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC) in the course of excavations in the Egyptian city of Luxor discovered Jan. 26 intact wooden sarcophagus of a child who lived in the time of the alleged XVII dynasty, about 1550 BC, according to a statement on the official website of CSIC.

Burial was found in Dra Abu el-Naga, an ancient Egyptian necropolis, located in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile near Thebes, where the Spanish archaeologists led by Egyptologist CSIC José Manuel Galán excavated under "Djehuty". This project was launched in the winter of 2002 for the excavation of tombs Djehuty and Heri, two senior officials of the era XVIII dynasty.

In the 12 seasons of excavations was discovered student table coffin Iker warrior, and the burial chamber of the Djehuty, fully painted figures and characters from the "Book of the Dead." On children's sarcophagus length of 90 cm, painted white, there are no inscriptions and images. According to X-ray examination, the child could have died at the age of 5 years.

"This discovery is very important because we are talking about intact sarcophagus, and, along with other discovered objects near it can give a lot of information about the history of the era of ancient Egypt, about which little is known," — quoted in the message words Gala.

The researchers believe that the location of the tomb at Dra Abu el-Naga would account for the discovery of more than 2 thousands of ceramic vessels found in the chapel of mud brick, and to answer the question of why the funeral memorial Djehuty was set in this part of the necropolis. "As found objects, we can assume that this is the burial place for members to put aside the imperial court. However, we do not know who owns the mummy found, as the sarcophagus contains no inscriptions," — says Galán.

Category: Archaeological discoveries

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