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New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor


During the ninth archaeological field season, which started in September, the joint Spanish-Egyptian mission at the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmose III, at Al-Deir Al-Bahari on Luxor's west bank, stumbled upon the tomb of the servant of the king’s house, Amenrenef.

New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor
The cartonnage mummy [Credit: Egypt Antiquities Department]
Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department at the Ministry of Antiquities told Ahram Online that the tomb was uncovered at the southern enclosure wall of the temple and is in a very good state of conservation. A deterriorated wooden coffin was found inside the tomb, he continued, but inside a beautiful and well-preserved mummy cartonnage was found.

New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor
The cartonnage mummy inside the tomb [Credit: Egypt Antiquities Department]
Mission field director Egyptologist Myriam Seco Álvarez said that preliminary study has determined the name and title of the occupant of the tomb, who was the servant of the king’s house, Amenrenef. The tomb can thus be dated to the “Third Intermediate Period” (1070-712 BC).

New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor
The face of the cartonnage mummy [Credit: Egypt Antiquities Department]
Afifi said that in-depth study of the cartonnage is to be undertaken very soon. Álvarez added that the cartonnage includes its almost complete polychrome painted decoration and inscriptions with some of the most characteristic symbols and elements of the ancient Egyptian religion.

New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor
The tomb dates to Third Intermediate Period and belongs to a man called 'Amn eir nef' who held 
the title of 'Servant of the royal house' [Credit: Egypt Antiquities Department]
Among these inscriptions are solar symbols, the protective goddesses Isis and Nephthys with spread wings, hawks and the four sons of Horus, executed in artisanal quality of the highest order.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [November 13, 2016]
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