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Egypt mummy found in well-preserved sarcophagus

Published on Feb 13, 2014 9:13 PM
 
A handout picture released by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities on Feb 13, 2014. Spanish archaeologists have discovered a 3,600-year-old Egyptian mummy inside a wooden sarcophagus adorned with rare feather drawings in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt's antiquities ministry said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Spanish archaeologists have discovered a 3,600-year-old Egyptian mummy inside a wooden sarcophagus adorned with rare feather drawings in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt's antiquities ministry said on Thursday.

The two metre-long and 50 centimetre-wide sarcophagus was in good condition and its colours were still bright, the ministry said in a statement.

Antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim said feather drawings are rarely found on ancient coffins.

"The sarcophagus goes back to the 17th dynasty (1600 years BC)," said Mr Ali El-Asfar, head of the ministry's pharaonic department.

 
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