Rare discovery of 30 coffins at Assasif necropolis in Luxor



Sat, 19 Oct 2019 - 11:21 GMT


Sat, 19 Oct 2019 - 11:21 GMT

File - 30 coffins discovered at Assasif necropolis in Luxor.

File - 30 coffins discovered at Assasif necropolis in Luxor.

CAIRO – 19 October 2019: Head of supreme council of Antiquites Mostafa Waziri announced the discovery of the largest cachette located in Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor.

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Waziriy added that the Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty. The coffins are kept in a store to prevent any kind of robbery attempts.

The head of the supreme council of antiquities added in the press conference held at Hatshepsut Temple that the coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.

The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate.

Waziri elaborated that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.

He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.

These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.

Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.

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This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry announced the archaeological discovery through the Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, who stated that since the mission began working in the Valley of the Apes in December 2017, it succeeded for the first time in finding the workshops used for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture utilized in the tombs of the kings, located next to a storage pit that took the numbering (KVT).

In front of it, A kiln was discovered to burn pottery and metal, which was found next to two silver rings, in addition to large quantities of decorative items that were used to decorate wooden coffins during the era of the 18th Dynasty, and also the discovery of gold flakes and some decorative elements that were titled the wings of Horus.

Furthermore, Hawass previously added that work is currently underway in the western valley to search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the tomb of her daughter and wife of King Tutankhamun Queen Ankhesenamun.

The veteran archaeologist further commented that the area between the tomb of King Amenhotep III and the tomb of King Ay is the area that is expected to contain the tombs of members of the dynasty that lived during the Amarna era.

Additionally, Hawas previously explained that one of the most important discoveries made by the mission is finding 30 specialized workshops that were utilized for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture prior to being placed inside the cemetery, in addition to a tomb labeled KV 65 that was used to preserve some funerary objects and furniture, which is similar to the tomb KV 54 adjacent to the tomb of King Tutankhamen, in which the tools used in the construction of the royal tombs were found.

Moreover, Hawass previously clarified that the second mission, working in the Valley of the Kings is the largest excavation that took place in the Valley of the Kings after the excavations carried out by the English archaeologist Howard Carter in search of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

The veteran archaeologist further explained that the mission is now working to uncover the royal tombs that have yet to be uncovered, in addition to the tombs of the wives and sons of kings of the eighteenth Dynasty, who were buried in the Valley of the Kings.
Burials in the Valley of the Queens did not begin until the nineteenth Dynasty.

Hawass also clarified that the mission has worked next to the tomb of King Ramses VII, the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut, next to the tomb of King Ramses III and behind the tomb of King Merneptah, stressing that the mission has also excavated next to the tomb of King Tutankhamen where they found many artifacts including; 42 small huts where workers kept the tools used to construct the tombs before they left the valley for Deir el-Medina, in addition to many of the hieroglyphic paintings that illustrate many archaeological topics and fragments of carved tombs and rings spanning back to the era of the 19th and 20th dynasties.

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