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Intact 12th Dynasty tomb uncovered in Aswan


The Spanish Archaeological Mission in Qubbet El-Hawa, west Aswan, has discovered an intact structure where the brother of one of the most important governors of the 12th Dynasty, Sarenput II, was buried.

Intact 12th Dynasty tomb uncovered in Aswan
Part of the sarcophagus [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt]
Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, described the discovery as “important” not only for the richness of the burial chamber, but also in shedding light on individuals close to those in power.

Nasr Salama, director general of Aswan Antiquities, said that the find is unique with funerary goods that consist of pottery, two cedar coffins (outer and inner) and a set of wooden models, which represent funerary boats and scenes of daily life.

Intact 12th Dynasty tomb uncovered in Aswan
Intact 12th Dynasty tomb uncovered in Aswan
Spanish archaeologists working at the newly discovered tomb 
[Credit: Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt]
Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano, head of the Spanish mission from the University of Jaen, said that a mummy was also discovered but is still under study. It is covered with a polychrome cartonnage with a beautiful mask and collars.

Inscriptions on the coffins bear the name of the deceased, Shemai. followed respectively by his mother and father, Satethotep and Khema. The latter was governor of Elephantine under the reign of Amenemhat II.

Intact 12th Dynasty tomb uncovered in Aswan
The entrance of the tomb [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt]
He explained that Sarenput II, the eldest brother of Shemai, was one of the most powerful governors of Egypt under the reigns of Senwosret II and Senwosret III. Apart from his duties as governor of Elephantine, he was general of the Egyptian troops and was responsible for the cult of different gods.

With this discovery, Serrano asserted, the University of Jaen mission in Qubbet El-Hawa adds more data to previous discoveries of 14 members of the ruling family of Elephantine during the 12th Dynasty. Such high numbers of individuals provide a unique opportunity to study the living conditions of the upper class in Egypt more than 3,800 years ago.

Source: Ahram Online [March 23, 2017]
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1 comment :

  1. Wow. I love the Middle Kingdom. The quintessential period of Egyptian history.

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