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Intact sarcophagus of god Amun's singer unearthed

During restoration work at Amenhotep Huy tomb, at Qurnet Marei at Assassif area on Luxor’s west bank, a Spanish Egyptian archaeological mission stumbled upon what is believed to be the sarcophagus of god Amun’s singer.

Intact sarcophagus of god Amun's singer unearthed
The sarcophagus was found intact and dates to the Third Intermediate 
Period (1100-900 BC) [Credit: Ahram Online]
Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the sarcophagus is well preserved condition and houses the mummy of the deceased. He continued that until now the name of the sarcophagus owner has not been revealed yet but the sarcophagus is dated to the Third Intermediate Period (100-900 BC).

“It has a unique style that was common during the reign of the 21th dynasty,” Eldamaty told Ahram Online.

Intact sarcophagus of god Amun's singer unearthed
It is a unique example of coffin typology in Ancient Egypt during 
the 21st Dynasty [Credit: Ahram Online]
Abdel Hakim Karrar antiquities director general in Upper Egypt explains that the sarcophagus is carved in wood and covered with plaster decorated with scenes depicting different ancient Egyptian gods, among them Toth, Anubis, Osiris, Isis and the four sons of Horus. Hieroglyphic text is engraved on the sarcophagus, which is currently being studied for information regarding the identity of the deceased.

Karrar continued that the mummy of the deceased is found inside the sarcophagus but wrapped with linen and its face is covered with a mask. A religious necklace was found on his chest and a wig decorated with a flower crown on his head.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [December 08, 2014]

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