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Archaeologists unearth ancient tombs in Egypt

Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 00:14

London: Italian archaeologists have found 3,000-year-old tombs in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.

Egypt`s antiquities ministry said that the tombs were unearthed under Pharaoh Amenhotep II`s mortuary temple, which is located on the western bank of the River Nile, the BBC reported.

The ministry said that remains of wooden sarcophaguses and human bones had been found inside the tombs.

Jars that are used to preserve the liver, lungs, stomach and intestines of the deceased were also found, they were decorated with images of the four sons of the god Horus.

The figures - which have the heads of a human, a baboon, a jackal and a falcon - were believed to help the soul find its way to heaven.

Wafaa Elsaddik, a professor of Egyptology , said that the find was important as it showed that temples were not just used for worship, but for burial as well.
Elsaddik said that the jars were of very good quality, which suggested that the tombs had belonged to wealthy people.


First Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 00:13
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