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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.

In Brief:


The intact burial of a Twelfth Dynasty noble Shemai has been discovered at Qubbet el-Hawa, in West Aswan.


A beautiful alabaster statue thought to be of Queen Tiye, has been found carved beside the right leg of a colossal statue of Amenhotep III at the site of his mortuary temple on the West bank.


The skeletons of two men who may have been eunuchs have been discovered at the Ptolemaic-Roman site of Quesna


A block inscribed for the Thirtieth Dynasty Nectanebo II has been discovered at an illegal excavation site in a house inAbydos town

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