A round up of news highlights from Issue 102
Middle Kingdom Funerary Garden
A unique "Funerary Garden" has been discovered at Dra Abu el-Naga on Luxor's West Bank. The garden, almost 4000 years old, was found in the open courtyard of a Middle Kingdom rock-cut tomb. Scenes that include a small squared garden with central trees have been found in several New Kingdom tombs nearby, but this is the first physical example to be discovered in a funerary context.
Mummies and Shabtis at Dra Abu el-Naga
The New Kingdom tomb of city judge Userhat at Dra Abu el-Naga has
been entered for the first time and was found to contain a cache of
linen-wrapped mummies, ten wooden sarcophagi and over 1000 shabtis
dating to the Twenty-first Dynasty.
Late Period Mummy Cachette
A cachette of at least 17 mummies has also been discovered at Tuna
el-Gebel (about 30km north-west of Amarna). The non-royal mummies date
to the Late Period, and were found in the catacombs with limestone and
clay sarcophagi and baboon coffins.
Pyramid and Burial Discovery at Dashur
The remains of a Thirteenth Dynasty pyramid has been discovered at Dashur, close to Sneferu's Bent Pyramid, with an engraved alabaster block bearing the cartouche of king Ameny Qemau. The burial of a princess, possibly his daughter, was also discovered some 600 metres away.
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