Egypt unveils ancient female mummy

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anani (at second from right) and Supreme Council of Antiquities secretary-general Mostafa Waziri (third from right) at the opening of the sarcophagus on Saturday.
Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anani (at second from right) and Supreme Council of Antiquities secretary-general Mostafa Waziri (third from right) at the opening of the sarcophagus on Saturday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LUXOR • Egyptian authorities has unveiled a well-preserved mummy of a woman inside a previously unopened coffin in Luxor in southern Egypt dating back to more than 3,000 years.

The sarcophagus, an ancient coffin, was one of two found earlier this month by a French-led mission in the northern area of El-Asasef, a necropolis on the western bank of the Nile. The first one had been opened earlier and examined by Egyptian antiquities officials.

"One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty," Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al Anani said. "The two tombs were present with their mummies inside."

The 18th dynasty dates back to the 13th century BC, a period noted for some of the most well known pharaohs, including Tutankhamen and Ramses II.

It was the first time the authorities had opened a previously unopened sarcophagus before international media. Egypt has revealed over a dozen ancient discoveries since the beginning of this year.

The country hopes these discoveries will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travellers who once flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids but who have shunned the country since its 2011 political uprising.

RECENT FINDS

One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty.

'' MINISTER OF ANTIQUITIES KHALED AL ANANI, on the two discoveries this month.

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