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NEWS: Nine intact Late Period coffins found in Qubbet el Hawa

20140601-180702-65222594.jpg(Source: Luxor Times).

The Minister of Antiquities has announced a new discovery of an intact burial chamber. The chamber contains nine coffins containing mummies dating to the Late Period (650-525 B.C) in Qubbet el Hawa, South of Aswan.

A wooden sarcophagus was found in good condition containing a mummy of a Nubian descent as suggested by the tools found with the mummy.

The Minister said that the discovery, achieved by the Spanish mission directed by Dr. Alejandro Jiménez, Professor of Ancient History of the University of Jaén in cooperation with Ministry of Antiquities, is in line with the discoveries by the mission which were announced in previous seasons (burials belonging to two families of the Twelfth Dynasty, during the Middle Kingdom reign of Amenemhat III). The new discovery proves that the burial was re-used in Late Period.

Dr. Alejandro Jimmenez said “This season the mission has done full documentation on the previously found mummy of “Haka Ip III” who was of the governors of Elephantine, a male of circa 26 years old, buried in two nested coffins, the inner one of which was originally made for a woman.

Also we found burials of his family members including a woman called “Ja wt Ankoket” and the governor’s half brother’s mummy who was called “Sarenpot”. Beside the mummy, an ushabti was found in its own sarcophagi” – via Luxor Times.

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