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Archeologists Unearth 3000-Year-Old Tombs in Egypt’s Luxor

CAIRO –  Egypt’s Antiquities Minister says Italian archaeologists have unearthed tombs over 3000 years old in the ancient city of Luxor.

Mohammed Ibrahim says the discovery was made beneath the mortuary temple of King Amenhotep II, seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who reigned from 1427 to 1401 B.C. The temple is located on the western bank of the Nile.

Ibrahim says remains of wooden sarcophaguses and human bones were found inside the tombs.

An undated handout photograph made available on 10 January 2013 by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows canopic jars discovered inside a temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep II, in Luxor, Egypt. The ministry said in a statement that an Italian mission discovered a cemetery with a number of tombs dating back to the Third Intermediate Period (1075 – 664 BC). Italian archeologists found in the burial rooms the remains of wooden coffins, several skeletons and 12 canopic jars that Ancient Egyptians used to store and preserve the viscera.

Mansour Barek, head of Luxor antiquities, says jars used to preserve the liver, lungs, stomach and intestines of the deceased were found. They were decorated with images of the four sons of the god Horus — figures seen as essential by ancient Egyptians to help the soul of the deceased find its way to heaven.

Source: Fox News

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