NEWS: More ancient discoveries in Egypt’s Dakahliya

20140209-143439.jpgThe gilded cartonnage and decorated with hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of king Psamtik I from the 26th dynasty (Source: Ahram Online).

“During excavation work carried out Sunday inside a mastaba tomb found in Tel El-Tabila in Dakahliya, a collection of three skeletons, a large collection of ushabti figurines and two tombs were uncovered.

Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of state for antiquities, said in a press release that the three skeletons can be dated to the Late Ancient Egyptian period. A collection of 14 amulets were found buried beside one of them. The most important amulet is one depicting the Triod gods of Amun, Horus and Neftis.

Beside the second skeleton, Ibrahim said, a collection of 29 amulets was found, among them a heart shaped scarab and garnet amulets.

Beside the third skeleton excavators uncovered 12 amulets featuring the Udjat eye of Horus.

Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian Section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities told Ahram Online that the Egyptian excavation mission uncovered two anthropoid limestone coffins with a mummy inside.

Inside the first coffin the mummy is covered with gilded carttonage and decorated with hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of King Psamtik I from the 26th Dynasty.

The mummy is in a bad state of preservation due to high levels of humidity.

A wooden box filled with ushabti figurines and amulets was also found along with 300 faience ushabti figurines partly damaged.

Among the amulets found inside the box, El-Asfar said, is an Alba bird bronze amulet.

Mohamed Abdel Samiaa head of the Central Administrative Section for Lower Egypt pointed out that the second coffin has a similar wooden box inside with 286 ushabti figurines and the remains of the deceased.

Tel El-Tabila is a necropolis of a Late Ancient Egyptian period and houses a collection of tombs dated between the 22nd and 26th dynasties” – via Ahram Online.

Read more (including a gallery of photographs) here.

I have read stories/reports that the mummy is that of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty king, Psamtik I, however, I do not believe that there is any concrete evidence to substantiate these claims.


5 comments on “NEWS: More ancient discoveries in Egypt’s Dakahliya

  1. WOW ! Is there more to come I ask myself.

  2. Not a king; the name is Wahibre-sa-neith, a common private name of the period…

  3. Reblogged this on kbsaae and commented:
    Not sure about this. The name is not a proof that this is a pharaoh. The location seems to be a bit strange for a royal burial. Herodotus tells us about royal tombs in Sais

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