The Spanish-Egyptian archaeological mission working at the Millions of Years of King Thutmose III on Luxor’s West Bank has uncovered a tomb that dates back to the Third Intermediate Period (1070 – 945BC) at the temple’s southern enclosure wall. Thutmose III was among the greatest of Egypt’s pharaohs.
Mahmoud Afifi, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department at the Ministry of Antiquities explained that the discovery was made during the mission’s ninth archaeological field season. Inside the tomb, he said, a wooden coffin was found, which carried a beautiful mummy cartonnage in a very good condition.
Early studies on the tomb reveal that it could be dated to the Third Intermediate Period and belongs to a person named Amenrenef who was the Servant of the King’s House.
Dr Afifi said that in-depth studies are to be carried out on the cartonnage.
Dr Myriam Seco Alvarez, Head of the Mission, said that the cartonnage is painted with decoration and inscriptions with some of the most characteristic symbols and elements of the ancient Egyptian religion such as the solar symbols, the protective goddesses Isis and Nephtys with spread wings and the four sons of Horus.
14 November 2016