A team of Spanish archaeologists and Egyptologists have discovered two tombs with gold and silver jewellery from the Middle Kingdom (2050-1750 BC), under the temple of Pharaoh Thutmose III (1490-1436 BC), on the west bank of the Nile in the province of Luxor in southern Egypt.
As confirmed on Wednesday by the head of the expedition, Myriam Seco, below the temple is “a whole necropolis of the Middle Kingdom,” where, two days ago, the jewels of the lady were found. The body is of a woman of high class bearing two bracelets, a pendant of semi-precious stones and gold cylinders, and a silver anklet. The two gold bracelets are in perfect condition, although the silver jewellery is extremely deteriorated.
The collection of jewellery including a stunning she’ll pendant (Source: Discovery News).
The tomb was previously located by geophysical surveys with GPR. This team has already dug fourteen graves “that were robbed in antiquity”, but in this case, the sarcophagus was buried by the collapse of the roof, also crushing part of the mummy, which prevented looting by thieves. Seco, who branded the collection as “beautiful and stunning”, emphasizes its importance, because there is little Middle Kingdom jewellery showing that stage of history.
“This find implies that these are people of nobility and the highest ranks of the Middle Kingdom were buried here” said the archaeologist.
These investigations are being conducted through a collaboration of the Fundación Botín, Santander and Mexican cement company Cemex – translated from the Spanish report which can be viewed here.