Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Discovery, Aswan: 3,800 Year-Old Mummy of High Class Egyptian Woman Unearthed in Aswan

CAIRO: A 3,800 year-old mummy of a high class Egyptian woman has been unearthed on the west bank of the Nile River near Aswan, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Tuesday.

“The mummy of a woman named “Sattjeni” was found wrapped in linen bandages lying inside two coffins made of cedar that were brought from Lebanon,” said Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egypt Antiquities Department at the Antiquities Ministry.

The finds were unveiled during excavation work carried out by the archaeological mission of Spain’s  Jaén University at the Tombs of the Nobles, better known as  Qubbet el-Hawa (The Dome of the Wind) archaeological site located on the west bank of modern Aswan, said Afifi.

“The new discovery is significant as it sheds light on the death of the mother of Heqa-ib III and Amaeny-Seneb; two prominent rulers of the nom of Aswan, (better known as Elephantine) during the reign of the 12th Dynasty Pharaohs Amenemhat III (1800 B.C. – 1775 B.C.),” he added.

Alejandro Jimenez Serrano, head of the archaeology mission, explained that the discovery of Sattjeni tomb “allows us to reconstruct the genealogy and history of the rulers of Elephantine during the late 12th Dynasty.

“Sattjeni was the daughter of Elephantine nomarch Sarenput II and after the death of all the male members of her family she was the unique holder of the dynastic rights in the government of Elephantine,” said Serrano.

The tomb was essentially the resting place of the family who ruled Elephantine between the end of the reign of Senwosret III and the reign of Amenemhat III, during which at least ten individuals were buried in this funerary complex, said Serrano.
Source: The Cairo Post - By/ The Cairo Post

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