Mummy discovered in unexplored Egyptian tomb

Two ancient Egyptian tombs discovered in Qurna, west of Luxor

Two ancient Egyptian New Kingdom-era tombs opened at Luxor necropolis

They are not far from another resting place discovered in the same necropolis - the discovery of the tomb of Userhat, a judge who lived 3,000 years ago, was announced in April of this year.

Since Kampp's discovery, "both tombs were left untouched" until an Egyptian archaeological mission started work.

A separate burial shaft in the tomb was the grave of a woman named Isis Nefret, possibly the mother of the tomb's owner.

Two new tombs, one containing a mummy, have been discovered near the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and the Valley of Kings.

The opening of the tombs was announced at an worldwide conference attended by the governor of Luxor, the minister of social solidarity, the director-general of the global Monetary Fund, members of the worldwide media, foreign ambassadors, members of parliament, and Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany.

"It is a very important discovery because both tombs contain very rich funerary collections, and one of them has a very distinguished painted statue of a lady in the Osirian shape", El-Enany told Ahram Online , pinpointing that 2017 has been a "year of discoveries", with the latest discovery being the third Draa Abul-Naga alone.

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Kampp 161 likely dates to the reigns of Amenhotep II or Thutmose IV, based on stylistic and architectural comparisons with other tombs in the area, making it around 3,400 years old. "The existence of the tombs of the 18th Dynasty was known, but it was the first time archaeologists entered them", he added.

Egypt's relics are a draw for foreign visitors and authorities hope new finds can help attract more as a way to help revive tourism hit by unrest that followed the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Those buried in the tombs have yet to be identified.

One of the tombs hosts a six-metre burial shaft with four adjacent side chambers. The artifacts found inside were mostly fragments of wooden coffins. The owner may also be a scribed named "Maati", because his name and his wife's name, "Mehi", are also inscribed on dozens of cones in the tomb.

The tomb has only one inscription on one of its northern pillars, showing a scene of a seated man offering food to four oxen. Perhaps the strongest lure though is a linen-wrapped mummy, believed to be that of a senior official.

Studies suggest that the mummy, which was found inside the long chamber, could be of a top official or another powerful person.

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