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4,000-year-old tomb is unearthed in Egypt

March 24, 2017 | Comment icon 5 comments



The tomb was surprisingly well preserved. Image Credit: John Reinhard Weguelin
The unopened tomb was discovered by archaeologists during a Spanish archaeological mission in West Aswan.
According to team leader Alejandro Jimenez-Serrano, the tomb belonged to the brother of Sarenput II - a prominent governor who rose to power during the 12th Dynasty.

Unlike most ancient Egyptian tombs however this one was discovered completely intact, thus providing archaeologists with a unique and detailed window in to the past.
The team also uncovered a mummy at the site inside a coffin inscribed with the name of the deceased, "Shemai", alongside the names of his parents, "Satethotep" and "Khema".

Overall the find has revealed much about the ruling family of Elephantine as well as what life might have been like for the upper classes in the region more than 3,800 years ago.

"The discovery is important because not only for the richness of the burial but it sheds light on those individuals who were shadowed by others in power," said antiquities expert Mahmoud Afifi.

Source: Latin America Herald | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Excellent find!† Watch out for any Mummy curses.
Comment icon #2 Posted by MJNYC 5 years ago
Fantastic find! So exciting.†
Comment icon #3 Posted by spud the mackem 5 years ago
How do they know that its 4000 yrs old . Who decides the age of something that old.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Essan 5 years ago
Presumably because they found inions revealing it to be the tomb of "brother of Sarenput II, an important governor during the 12th†dynasty" ? Apart from that, construction techniques (comparison with other tombs of known age) and, in due course, C14 dating of any organic material found in the tomb or in association with its wall etc.
Comment icon #5 Posted by spud the mackem 5 years ago
Thanks buddy for the head up , as long as its not a Chinese fake .


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