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8 Mummies, 1,000 Statues, 10 Sarcophagi Discovered At 3,500-Year-Old Tomb In Luxor, Egypt

Apr 19, 2017 07:15 PM EDT

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8 mummies, 1,000 statues and 10 sarcophagi were discovered in Egypt's Luxor.
(Photo : AFP news agency/Youtube) The artifacts were found by Egyptian archaeologists in a 3,500 year old tomb built for a judge from the New Kingdom period.

Egyptian archeologists were reported to have discovered eight mummies’ bodies along with 1,000 statues and 10 sarcophagi. The mentioned astonishing artifacts were found in a 3,500-year-old tomb on Egypt’s west bank of the Nile River in Luxor.

According to The Sun, Egypt’s archaeologists were able to discover the artifacts after removing after removing almost 450 meters of debris. Aside from the six chambers housing six mummies, two more were mentioned to be found. Colorful wooden coffins and more than 1,000 funerary statues were identified.

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said the tomb was built from roughly 1500 to 1000 BC for a judge from the New Kingdom at the Dra Abu-el Naga necropolis known as Userhat. Mostafa el-Waziri who leads the archaeological mission mentioned that there are other chambers that housed statues of kings from other dynasties.

Egypt’s excavation of Userhat’s tomb was stated to be still ongoing. So far, the team of archaeologists has found the open court that offers two paths to halls. The first hall was said to lead to four ancient coffins while the other path leads to a chamber that houses six. The found coffins were described to be covered with “intricate drawings in red, blue, black, green, and yellow, and featured the carved faces of the dead” per ABC.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany stated that they are surprised about how many of the figurines were displayed inside. He also proudly concluded that what they had found is an important discovery. Nevine el-Aref, the spokeswoman for the antiquities ministry then stated that further pieces of evidence could be discovered and could lead to finding out more mummies in the future.

With that said, Hisham El Demery, chief of Egypt's Tourism Development Authority mentioned that after discovery after discovery were unveiled, the tourism of Luxor is growing as well.

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