Two 26th Dynasty tombs unearthed near Minya
|26th dynasty tomb [Credit: Ahram Online]|
According to a statement by the Ministry of Antiquities, the first tomb belongs to a scribe whose his name is not yet identified but was important, having influence on Egypt’s cultural sphere. The tomb houses some of his funerary collection. A bronze inkwell and two small bamboo pens were found beside the deceased’s mummy, which is in a very good state of preservation.
|Portrait of the deceased scribe [Credit: Ahram Online]|
The second tomb, said Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of antiquities, belongs to a priest who was the head of a family many of whose members were priests in the Osirion Temple. This temple was uncovered recently two kilometres west of the tomb.
|Sarcophagi discovered in the tomb [Credit: Ahram Online]|
The large number of coins reveals that the Saiiti era was one of Egypt’s flourishing periods. Osireion statues and bronze coins dating back to the 26th Dynasty were also found in the tomb.
|Bronze statues of Osiris found in the tomb [Credit: Ahram Online]|
Source: Ahram Online [April 20, 2014]