A 3,500-year-old mummy who lived during the reign of the 18th dynasty was discovered recently by Egyptian archeologists at the ancient cemetery of Dra' Abu el-Naga located in Luxor (Smith-Spark, 2017). Discovered in poor condition, the tomb was revealed to have been built for a goldsmith, Amenemhat, along with his wife, Amenhotep (Jarus, 2017). This information was verified by the depictions and interpretations of the hieroglyphic inscriptions as well as artifacts such as a statue of the couple along with funerary masks (Smith-Spark, 2017). Research is on going to determine more information about the couple.
Amenemhat and Amenhotep were discovered in wooden sarcophagi found with in the tomb (Youssef, 2017).
The tomb was discovered by Egyptian archaeologists
Studies are on going.
The tomb discovered by Egyptian archeologists that found that the main chamber had statues of Amenemhat and his wife seated on chairs, according to Mostafa Waziri, the archaeologist who led the dig. One statue shows her wearing a long dress and wig. A smaller statue, discovered between the couple, depicts one of their sons (Youssef, 2017).
The tomb appeared to have been reused, as sarcophagi from the 22nd and 21st dynasties were found as well (Jarus, 2017).
The chamber in which the couple were discovered also contained pottery, wooden funerary masks and ushabti figurines, which are small blue, black or white statues that ancient Egyptians placed in tombs to serve the dead in the afterlife (Youssef, 2017).
The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities (Youssef, 2017).
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Jarus, O. (2017, September 09). Ancient Goldsmith's Tomb Filled with Mummies Discovered in Luxor. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from https://www.livescience.com/60364-ancient-goldsmith-tomb-mummies-discovered-egypt.html
Youssef, N. (2017, September 10). Egyptian Archaeologists Find Goldsmith’s 3,500-Year-Old Tomb. Retrieved October 5, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/middleeast/egypt-archaeology-tomb-goldsmith.html
Jarus, O. (2017, September 09). Ancient Goldsmith's Tomb Filled with Mummies Discovered in Luxor. Retrieved October 5, 2017, from https://www.livescience.com/60364-ancient-goldsmith-tomb-mummies-discovered-egypt.html