The main “T”-shaped sarcophagus belongs to Userha, a city judge, and was built during the 18th Dynasty. In addition to this, 7 other mummies were also discovered. As well as over a thousand funerary statues also found at the excavation site.
It was a group of Egyptian archaeologists who discovered, near Luxor, an ancient tomb with eight mummies, several colorful sarcophagi and more than a thousand funerary statues. This discovery of a tomb with more than 3,500 years, was, according to France-Presse, classified as very “important”.
Originally built during the 18th Dynasty, especially to receive Userha, a nobleman who held the position of judge in the city, the tomb was later reopened, more precisely during the 21st Dynasty, to receive other mummies (7). At this time, when grave robberies were very common, they were placed inside the tomb, located at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the Valley of the Kings, to protect and keep them intact. At least, the archaeologists responsible for excavation and discovery believe so.
“We were not expecting to find so many things inside”, Egypt’s antiquities minister Khaled el-Enany told reporters during a guided tour of the site. Further explaining that the T-shaped tomb includes “a rectangular atrium, a corridor and an inner chamber”, Khaled el-Enany further noted that in addition to the sarcophagi, a large number of ushabti, more than a thousand”. The ushabti are small sculpted figures that were placed inside the Egyptian tombs to help the deceased in the afterlife. “This is an important discovery”, said the minister, quoted by France-Press.
In addition to these first two rooms, the archaeologists have yet discovered a third, but not yet completely excavated. According to el-Enany, the excavations will continue to take place. Nevine el-Aref, a spokeswoman for the Antiquities Ministry, told France-Presse that “there is evidence that new mummies may be found in the future”.