The tomb, belonging to the nobleman Userha, was built during the 18th Dynasty. In addition to the eight mummies, more than a thousand funerary statues were discovered.
A group of Egyptian archaeologists discovered near Luxor an ancient tomb with eight mummies, several colorful sarcophagi and more than a thousand funerary statues. The discovery, more than 3,500 years old, was, according to France-Presse, classified as very “important”.
Built in the 18th Dynasty for Userha, a nobleman who held the position of judge, the tomb was reopened later during the 21st Dynasty to receive other mummies. At a time when grave robberies were very common, they would have been placed inside the tomb, located at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, near the Valley of the Kings, to protect them. Or at least that’s what archaeologists believe.
“We were not expecting to find so many things inside,” Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told reporters during a tour of the site. Explaining that the T-shaped tomb includes “a rectangular atrium, a corridor and an inner chamber,” Khaled el-Enany noted that, in addition to the sarcophagi, “a large number of ushabti, more than a thousand” were still found. The ushabti, small carved figures, were placed inside the Egyptian tombs to help the deceased in the afterlife. “This is an important discovery,” said the minister, quoted by France-Press.
In addition to the first two rooms, archaeologists have also discovered a third, which has not yet been completely excavated. According to el-Enany, the excavations will continue to take place. Nevine el-Aref, a spokeswoman for the Antiquities Ministry, told France-Presse that “there is evidence that new mummies may be found in the future.”