One of the discovered coffins - Press photo One of the discovered coffins - Press photo

In pics: New discovery unearthed in Luxor

Wed, Nov. 27, 2019
CAIRO - 27 November 2019: The French archaeological mission headed by Frederic Colin succeeded in discovering three wooden coffins in the external courtyard of cemetery No. 33.

The mission is affiliated with the University of Strasbourg and the French Institute of Oriental Archeology, and is currently working in the region of El-Assasif in Qurna.

The discovery of the ancient coffins was announced by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, who explained that the three coffins date back to the 18th Dynasty and is in a good state of preservation.

For his part, Director General of Antiquities of the Western mainland in Luxor Fathi Yassin stated that the first sarcophagus is colorful and decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions. The sarcophagus belongs to a woman and is 195 cm in length.

The second sarcophagus is about 190 cm in length, painted in yellow, with columns of hieroglyphs on a white background; it also belongs to a women. The third sarcophagus is about 180 cm long with a stucco layer, white colors and brown columns. It contains no inscriptions.

It is worth mentioning that this is the second excavation season of the French archaeological mission. During the first season, the French archaeological mission uncovered a sandstone panel with three texts of tributes and the names of two senior statesmen. The mission also unearthed a wooden sarcophagus dating back to the 18th Dynasty.

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