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Ancient tombs unearthed in Egypt

Published time: January 10, 2013 14:04
Edited time: January 10, 2013 18:04
The excavations on the area of the Temple of Millions of years of Amenhotep II (XVIII Dynasty). (Image from cefb.it)

The excavations on the area of the Temple of Millions of years of Amenhotep II (XVIII Dynasty). (Image from cefb.it)

A group of Italian archaeologists have reportedly discovered tombs in the ancient city of Luxor believed to be at least 3000 years old.

­Egypt's Antiquities Minister told AP the discovery was made beneath the mortuary temple of King Amenhotep II. The temple of the seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, who reigned from 1427 to 1401 B.C., is situated on the west bank of the Nile.

According to Mohammed Ibrahim, the remains of human bones as well as wooden sarcophaguses have been unearthed inside the tombs.

The head of Luxor antiquities, Mansour Barek, explained that jars used to preserve the lungs, stomach, liver, and intestines of the deceased have also been found. The artefacts are said to be decorated with images of the four sons of the god Horus, believed to be vital to help the soul of the deceased find its way to heaven.

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