Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani

Anani witnesses opening of Pharaonic sarcophagus in Luxor

Sat, Nov. 24, 2018
LUXOR, Egypt, Nov 24 (MENA) - Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anani witnessed the opening of a colorful sarcophagus of a mummified woman made of wood for the first time in Luxor’s Assasseef area.

The sarcophagus was discovered by an archaeological mission affiliated to the French University of Strasbourg in the vicinity of tomb TT33 in the West Bank of Luxor.

The Sarcophagus was opened on the sidelines of an event that was held on Saturday for announcing the discovery of a new Pharaonic tomb in Assasseef area.

A mummy of a woman wrapped in linen was found inside the Sarcophagus in a good conservation condition. The mission is set to conduct archaeological and scientific studies to uncover the historical era of the mummy.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said in a statement that the joint archaeological mission which groups the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology and the French University of Strasbourg that are working at a site near "Beta Minob" tomb in the northern area of Assasseef Necropoli uncovered on November 8 a sandstone panel and a wooden coffin dating back to the 18th Dynasty.

The 1.7 centimeters coffin was found next to the panel in a good conservation condition with a part of a foot missing.

For his part, head of the archaeological mission Frederick Cullen said that a part of the panel was also missed.

Earlier in the day, the antiquities Minister announced the discovery of a new Pharaonic tomb in addition to its original entrance TT28.
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