Monday, June 2, 2014

New Discovery, Aswan: Intact burial chamber discovered & 9 mummies found in Aswan

Minister of Antiquities announce a new discovery of an intact burial chamber. The chamber contains 9 coffins with mummies inside dates to Late Period (650-525 B.C) in Nobles Tombs Known as "Qubbet el Hawa", South of Aswan.

A wooden sarcophagi was found in good condition with a mummy inside of a Nubian descend as the tools found with the mummy suggest.

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 of burials belong to two families of 12th Dynasty (Middle Kingdom - the reign of Amenemhat III). The new discovery proves that the burial was reused in Late Period.

Dr. Alejandro Jimmenez said "This season the mission 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of the governors of Elephantine, a male of circa 26 years old, buried in two nested coffins, the inner one of which was originally made for a woman.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 mummy who was called "Sarenpot". Beside the mummy, am ushabti was found in its own sarcophagi."


Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano is currently teaching Egyptology and History of Egypt and the Near Eastern in Universidad de Jaén (Spain). 
He is also leading since 2008 a multidisciplinary project in Qubbet el-Hawa, which includes not only archaeological excavation, but also translation of texts, conservation and diffussion of the site

Bio for Dr. Alejandro Jiménez by Emory University
Books for Dr. Alejandro Jiménez in Academia Edu


Copyrights for Photos to Luxor Times Magazine

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