3,300 year-old tomb of army chief discovered in Egypt

08:24, May 31, 2010      

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Egyptian archeologists said Sunday that they have discovered a 3,300-year-old tomb that belongs to a high-profile army commander in south Cairo.

The tomb dating back to Egypt's 19th Dynasty (about 1,320 B.C. - 1,200 B.C.) was unearthed during excavation work by a Cairo University archeological team in the cemetery of dignitaries in Saqqara necropolis, south Cairo, a statement by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) said.

SCA chief Zahi Hawwas said the team has discovered a number of patios and chambers attached to the 70-meter-long cemetery which extends from east to west.

Ola el-Egaizi, head of the team, told Xinhua that the team has also found a number of murals, including one that features tomb owner Ptahmes praying to the Trinity of Thebes (God Amun, his wife Goddess Mut and their son God Khonsu.)

The mission is still carrying out excavations in the area to discover the tomb's main well which, she said, might lead the team to the burial chamber of the army commander and his spouse where their caskets could be found.

Ahmed Said, deputy head of the team, said the archeological team has also discovered several parts of statues belonging to Ptahmes and his spouse. The discovered artifacts also included pottery, amulets, statues of goddesses made of semi-precious stones and an offering table.

Source: Xinhua


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