Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt

Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Thursday.

Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt
An Egyptian conservator cleans limestones at a newly-discovered tomb dating back to
 around 1100 B.C. at the Saqqara archaeological site, 30 kilometers (19 miles)
south of Cairo [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger to foreign countries. Ibrahim said the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology's discovery at Saqqara adds "a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara."

Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt
An Egyptian conservator works at the site of the newly-discovered tomb
 [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
Ola el-Egeizy of Cairo University said the tomb contains "very nice inscriptions" of the funerary procession and the afterlife of the deceased.

Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt
Archaeologists and journalists gather at the newly-discovered tomb at the Saqqara
 archaeological site. Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Thursday
 that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger
 to foreign countries [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
The tomb was found near another one dating back to the same period belonging to the head of the army that was discovered in the previous excavation season. That tomb was larger but much of what remains is mud bricks as "most of its stone blocks were stolen and many of them are in museums all over the world," said el-Egeizy. Because of the blocks, archaeologists had long known that the tomb existed though it was not uncovered until recently.

Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt
Lead archaeology workers supervise as their colleagues dig the newly-discovered tomb.
Ibrahim says the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology’s discovery at Saqqara adds 
“a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara.” Saqqara was the
 necropolis for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and site of the
 oldest known pyramid in Egypt [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
Saqqara was the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and site of the oldest known pyramid in Egypt.

Egypt's vital tourism industry has suffered in the wake of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

Author: Laura Dean | Source: The Associated Press [May 08, 2014]

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