Experts have just discovered a new mummy in an Egyptian tomb
Egypt has had a number of fascinating discoveries in 2017, and it doesn't look like the announcements are going to stop just yet, even with less than a month left of the year. "What you see above ground is not more than 40 per cent of Ancient Egypt," Mostafa Waziry, the leader of this latest excavation, said. "If you start digging anywhere, you’re going to find a lot."
Waziry and his team have discovered a previously untouched Egyptian tomb on the west bank of the Nile, in the city of Luxor. Not only is this a fascinating glimpse into the past (it is estimated to be approximately 3,500 years old), but there have also been numerous treasures uncovered at the site.
The discovery was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities on Saturday, after they found the treasures at the necropolis of Draa Abou Naga, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage site of Thebes. Around 10 metres deep, the tomb contained 40 funerary cones, 36 Usahbti statues, and gold-plated funerary furniture - as well as the mummified remains of an unidentified person, who they believe died some time between 1550 and 1292 BC.
Experts are calling it the discovery of the year, with artefacts dating back to the 18th century New Kingdom era. One of the most surprising finds was a mostly-intact wall painting. "It’s really beautiful and typical 18th dynasty. It looks like it was painted yesterday," Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said. "In my opinion, this could be the best painted wall discovered in Draa Abou Naga in the last 100 years"
The inscriptions in the tomb suggests it belongs to era between the reigns of King Amenhotep II and King Thutmose IV, similar to another tomb found previously, only 100 metres away. This other tomb contained a goldsmith named Amenemhat, and it may be that they were built around the same time.
Also discovered were various skeletons remains and a large painted statue of a woman named Isis Nefret – who many believe to be the mother of the tomb’s occupant – in the form of Osiris. “It’s in near perfect condition,” said Mr Khaled Alnani, minister from Antiquities.
At the beginning of 2017, Alnani said that this would be a "year of discoveries", and it looks like he was right to make that claim. Other finds this year include a mass grave from the Roman era near the town of Minya, a newly-discovered pyramid at the Dahshur necropolis, and a statue of King Psamtek I found in a suburb of East Cairo.
The ministry can apparently spend up to 1.3 billion Egyptian pounds a year solely on the maintenance of the country's monuments, showing how significant the push is for Egypt to improve it's tourism. Waziry has gone on record to say that he believes they are about to uncover a new tomb in Draa Abou Naga “within weeks”, so this may not even be the last discovery of the year.