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Egypt: 30 Ancient Wooden Coffins Discovered in Luxor

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Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:22 GMT

Archaeologists have found 30 ancient wooden coffins near the historic Egyptian city of Luxor, Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of the Ministry of Antiquities, said in a press conference held on Saturday October 19th, opposite Queen Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor, according to local Egyptian news website youm7.com.

The coffins, whose brightly coloured decorations are still visible, were uncovered at the Theban necropolis of Asasif, on the west bank of the River Nile, according to the Washington Post.

The artefacts were in two layers, with the coffins on top lain transversely across those below.

The ministry described the discovery as "one of the largest and most important," in recent years. 

Most of the tombs at Asasif, which is close to the Valley of the Kings, are from the Late Period (664-332 BC) of ancient Egypt.

However, there are also tombs from the earlier 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 BC), which was the first of the New Kingdom and included the famous pharaohs Ahmose, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaton and Tutankhamun, the BBC reported. 

Last week, the Ministry of Antiquities announced that archaeologists had discovered an ancient "industrial area" in Luxor's West Valley, France 24 reported.

The area included "houses for storage and the cleaning of funerary furniture, with many potteries dated to the 22nd Dynasty,” according to the report.

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