Spanish archaeologists have discovered a multi-millennial pharaonic mummy “in a very good condition” in a tomb near Luxor, in the south of Egypt.
The discovery was announced on Sunday by the Ministry of Antiquities which said the mummy was found near the “Mansion of Millions of Years” built by the 18th dynasty pharaoh, Tuthmosis III (1479-1425 BC) on the west bank of Luxor, an open-air museum 700 kilometers South of Cairo.
“The very beautiful mummy, covered with a carton (layers of linen held by plaster, ed.) is in very good condition,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Antiquities.
The mummy was found in a brightly colored wooden sarcophagus in a tomb that could date from the third intermediate period (1075 to 664 BC) and whose owner was a nobleman, Amenrenef “Servant of the royal house,” according to the text.
The coffin of the mummy “presents many colorful decorations that take up religious symbols of ancient Egypt, such as the goddesses Isis and Nephtys deploying their wings, or even the four sons of Horus,” according to the head of the archaeological mission , Myriam Seco Álvarez.
Luxor, a city in southern Egypt with a population of 500,000, is famous for its Pharaonic temples on the banks of the Nile.