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New mummies found in tomb near Luxor, Egypt

By: Bisola Bello September 11, 2017
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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a new set of mummies in the tomb of a royal goldsmith near the Nile city of Luxor, 400 miles (700km) south of Cairo.

The tomb containing the mummies of a woman and her two children dates back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th Centuries BC).

According to the archaeologists, the mother died aged about 50, with tests revealing she had a bacterial bone disease. Her two sons were in their 20s and 30s and their bodies said to have been preserved in good condition.

Among the items discovered inside was a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat, sitting beside his wife.

It is unclear whether the three mummies discovered are connected to Amenemhat.

Authorities believe the tomb of Amenemhat, who was goldsmith for the god Amun, the period’s┬ámost powerful deity, could lead them to further discoveries in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis, an area famed for its temples and burial grounds.

 



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