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25th Dynasty burial chamber and sarcophagus discovered on Luxor's west bank


During excavation and cleaning work carried out in the tomb of the 25th Dynasty Thebes Mayor Karabasken in south Asasif, on Luxor's west bank, the Egyptian American South Asasif Conservation Project discovered his burial chamber and sarcophagus.

25th Dynasty burial chamber and sarcophagus discovered on Luxor's west bank
25th Dynasty burial chamber and sarcophagus discovered on Luxor's west bank
The burial chamber and sarcophagus of Karabasken, mayor of Thebes during the Nubian 
or 25th Dynasty (760 BC to 656 BC) [Credit: Ministry of Antiquites]
“The sarcophagus is a unique example of Kushite sarcophagi in an elite tomb,” Mahmoud Affifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department at the Ministry of Antiquities told Ahram Online, adding that the sarcophagus is carved in plain red granite and does not bear any engravings or paintings.

Elena Pischikova, director of the archaeological mission, explained that the burial chamber was found accidently during excavation work carried out in a room of the tomb. As an was found in its centre and it led to the burial chamber.

Pischikova said that the base and lid of the sarcophagus bore deliberate damage — evidence of two attempts to break into the sarcophagus at some time in antiquity.

“The interior of the sarcophagus was flooded after the first attempt, but further cleaning work will show if any fragments of the wooden coffin or other burial equipment are still preserved inside,” Pischikova said.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [August 26, 2016]
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