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Egypt: 30 mummies discovered in Valley of the Kings

Egypt, Luxor
October 20, 2019 at 08:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Egyptian archaeologists revealed the discovery of 30 ancient wooden coffins containing mummies near Luxor on Saturday.

The discovery was unveiled in front of Hatshepsut Temple in the Valley of the Kings.

The cache was the first to be dug up by an Egyptian mission, after years of foreign-led archaeological digs. A point that the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass were proud to emphasise.

The mummies were wrapped in cloth and placed inside sealed sarcophagi. Coffins with carved hands open were female, while if the hands were balled into firsts, they held males, according to Waziri.

The scenes carved on the side of the wooden caskets represented different aspects of the afterlife.

The burial site dates from the 22nd dynasty, around 1,000 BC.

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Egyptian archaeologists revealed the discovery of 30 ancient wooden coffins containing mummies near Luxor on Saturday.

The discovery was unveiled in front of Hatshepsut Temple in the Valley of the Kings.

The cache was the first to be dug up by an Egyptian mission, after years of foreign-led archaeological digs. A point that the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass were proud to emphasise.

The mummies were wrapped in cloth and placed inside sealed sarcophagi. Coffins with carved hands open were female, while if the hands were balled into firsts, they held males, according to Waziri.

The scenes carved on the side of the wooden caskets represented different aspects of the afterlife.

The burial site dates from the 22nd dynasty, around 1,000 BC.

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