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The mummy-maker’s tomb is unearthed: Remains of ancient Egyptian priest who oversaw embalming of pharaohs is discovered in Valley of the Kings

  • The tomb, on the West Bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings, is that of Thaw-Rakht-If and his wife
  • Thaw-Rakht-If was a priest who took care of the mummification shrine at the Mut temple
  • A ‘magnificent’ sarcophagus was found inside the tomb carved in wood with eyes inlaid with golden sheets
  • The walls of the tomb are adorned with colorful paintings of pharaonic royalty and of the deceased’s family
  • Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mostafa Waziri said the tomb was uncovered beneath 300 metres of debris

Egypt says archaeologists have found a pharaonic tomb in Luxor housing the remains of a priest who oversaw the mummification process and his wife, dating from the 13th century B.C.

The tomb, which is on the West Bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings, is that of Thaw-Rakht-If – the overseer of the mummification shrine at Mut temple.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani said Saturday the tomb contains decorative sarcophagi (stone coffins) a thousand statuettes, as well as several colorful paintings of pharaonic royalty.

Incredible photographs show a view inside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, which is 435 miles (700km) south of Cairo, Egypt’s capital.

El-Enany described the newly discovered intact sarcophagus inside the tomb as magnificent. It is carved in wood with eyes inlaid with golden sheets.

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities explained that after removing 300 meters of debris the mission uncovered the tomb, the wall of which is decorated with scenes depicting the deceased’s family, including his wife Kharousekhmet-Nefret.

Inside the tomb two huge wooden anthropoid sarcophagi were found but studies revealed that they do not belong to the owner of the tombs but to two different people from a later period named Padiset and his daughter Nesmutamu, both are in a good condition.

 

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities explained that after removing 300 meters of debris the mission uncovered the tomb of a priest and his wife from the 13th century B.C

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities explained that after removing 300 meters of debris the mission uncovered the tomb of a priest and his wife from the 13th century B.C

 

Egyptian archaeologists work on restoring a wall with painted murals inside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis

Egyptian archaeologists work on restoring a wall with painted murals inside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis

 

A child mummy lies inside the newly discovered burial at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24, 2018.

A child mummy lies inside the newly discovered burial at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24, 2018.

 

A view inside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, 700km south of Egypt's capital Cairo, 24 November 2018

A view inside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, 700km south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, 24 November 2018

 

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany (centre) and Mostafa Waziri (right), the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspect an intact sarcophagus during its opening at Al-Assasif necropolis

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany (centre) and Mostafa Waziri (right), the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspect an intact sarcophagus during its opening at Al-Assasif necropolis

 

A skull is seen inside a newly discovered burial tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24, 2018

A skull is seen inside a newly discovered burial tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24, 2018

 

An Egyptian archaeologist brushes the top of a carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets on November 24, 2018

An Egyptian archaeologist brushes the top of a carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets on November 24, 2018

 

An Egyptian archaeologist works on restoring sarcophagi inside a tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, 700km south of Cairo

An Egyptian archaeologist works on restoring sarcophagi inside a tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, 700km south of Cairo

 

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany (centre) and Mostafa Waziri (right), the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspect an intact sarcophagus

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany (centre) and Mostafa Waziri (right), the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspect an intact sarcophagus

 

The tomb  at Al-Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile north of the southern Egyptian city of Luxor was discovered earlier this month by a French mission

The tomb at Al-Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile north of the southern Egyptian city of Luxor was discovered earlier this month by a French mission

 

Egyptian archaeologists work on restoring pottery including plates and vases outside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis

Egyptian archaeologists work on restoring pottery including plates and vases outside the newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis

 

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced that the Egyptian archaeological mission uncovered a Ramesside tomb of Thaw-Rakht-If, the overseer of the mummification shrine at Mut temple

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced that the Egyptian archaeological mission uncovered a Ramesside tomb of Thaw-Rakht-If, the overseer of the mummification shrine at Mut temple

 

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, speaks inside the tomb, which he said was discovered after removing 300 meters of debris

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, speaks inside the tomb, which he said was discovered after removing 300 meters of debris

 

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (left), French Professor Frederic Colin (second left) head of the French mission, and Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (right), attend the unveiling of the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (left), French Professor Frederic Colin (second left) head of the French mission, and Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (right), attend the unveiling of the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor

 

Egyptian archaeologists move the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor, 700km south of Cairo, Egypt's capital

Egyptian archaeologists move the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor, 700km south of Cairo, Egypt’s capital

 

A close-up view of hieroglyphics carved on a black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets discovered by an Egyptian archaelogical mission at Al-Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile

A close-up view of hieroglyphics carved on a black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets discovered by an Egyptian archaelogical mission at Al-Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile

 

An archaeologist removes the cover of an intact sarcophagus inside the tomb TT33 in Luxor, Egypt

An archaeologist removes the cover of an intact sarcophagus inside the tomb TT33 in Luxor, Egypt

 

Archaeologists remove the cover of an intact sarcophagus inside the tomb TT33. El-Enany described the newly discovered intact sarcophagus inside the tomb as magnificent. It is carved in wood with eyes inlaid with golden sheets

Archaeologists remove the cover of an intact sarcophagus inside the tomb TT33. El-Enany described the newly discovered intact sarcophagus inside the tomb as magnificent. It is carved in wood with eyes inlaid with golden sheets

 

French Professor Frederic Colin, head of the French mission in Tomb TT33 where the sarcophagus was found, said that the sarcophagus dates to the 18th dynasty and inside it a well-preserved mummy wrapped in linen was found

French Professor Frederic Colin, head of the French mission in Tomb TT33 where the sarcophagus was found, said that the sarcophagus dates to the 18th dynasty and inside it a well-preserved mummy wrapped in linen was found

 

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (centre), French Professor Frederic Colin (left) head of the French mission, and Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (2R), attend the unveiling of the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (centre), French Professor Frederic Colin (left) head of the French mission, and Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (2R), attend the unveiling of the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor

 

This picture taken on November 24, 2018 shows a carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, which was , discovered by an Egyptian archaelogical mission at Al-Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile north of the southern Egyptian city of Luxor

This picture taken on November 24, 2018 shows a carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, which was , discovered by an Egyptian archaelogical mission at Al-Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile north of the southern Egyptian city of Luxor

 

A carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, dating to Egypt's Late period, which has been described as magnificent 

A carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, dating to Egypt’s Late period, which has been described as magnificent

 

The tomb of the overseer of the mummification shrine has been unearthed in Luxor with its funerary collection at al-Assassif Necropolis on Luxor's west bank, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced

The tomb of the overseer of the mummification shrine has been unearthed in Luxor with its funerary collection at al-Assassif Necropolis on Luxor’s west bank, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced

 

An Egyptian archaeologist works on restoring sarcophagi inside a tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24

An Egyptian archaeologist works on restoring sarcophagi inside a tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24

 

An archaeologist works on restoring an ancient artifact outside a newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis on November 24

An archaeologist works on restoring an ancient artifact outside a newly discovered tomb at al-Assassif Necropolis on November 24

 

An Egyptian archaeologist brushes the top of a carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, dating to Egypt's Late period

An Egyptian archaeologist brushes the top of a carved black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, dating to Egypt’s Late period

 

A skull from a child mummy lies inside the newly discovered burial at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24, 2018

A skull from a child mummy lies inside the newly discovered burial at al-Assassif Necropolis, in Luxor, Egypt November 24, 2018

 

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany gives a press conference outside the Temple of Hatshepsut on the west bank of the Nile north of the southern city of Luxor on November 24, 2018, about recent discoveries made at the nearby Al-Assasif necropolis

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany gives a press conference outside the Temple of Hatshepsut on the west bank of the Nile north of the southern city of Luxor on November 24, 2018, about recent discoveries made at the nearby Al-Assasif necropolis

 

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