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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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