7 mummies removed from 1st intact tomb

Top Egyptian archaeologist and Head of Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, unveiled the last and largest sarcophagus of seven that were discovered by American team in tomb four months ago.

Luxor, July 24: Top Egyptian archaeologist and Head of Egyptian
Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, unveiled the last and largest sarcophagus of
seven that were discovered by American team in tomb four
months ago.

Although a more thorough investigation of the mummies
is yet to be conducted, Hawass said:

"The discovery proved in my opinion that this tomb was
actually stolen at the beginning of dynasty 18th and after
that used as embalming material" he said.

An American team found what appeared to be an intact
tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the first found in the
valley since the discovery of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen
in 1922 by the English archaeologist Howard, archaeologists
said.

The tomb contains seven mummies in intact Sarcophagi
from the late 18th dynasty, about the same period as
Tutankhamen, but the archaeologists have not yet had the
time or the access to identify them properly.

"The most important thing that is going to happen from
now is to study the material that has been found inside
this tomb" Hawass told reporters.

The 18th dynasty ruled Egypt from 1567 BC to 1320 BC, a
period during which the country`s power reached a peak.

The Valley of the Kings in southern Egypt contains the
tombs of most of the pharaohs of the time but the
archaeologist said the mummies in the newly found tomb were
not necessarily royalty.

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