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Luxor Times: 10 May 2017

Luxor Times

Wednesday 10 May 2017

The burial chamber of 13th Dynasty pyramid revealed

The Egyptian archaeological mission from the ministry of antiquities uncovered the burial chamber of a 13th Dynasty Pyramid discovered last month in Dahshur archaeological site.

Adel Okasha the head of the Mission and the General Director of the Dahshur site explained that after removing the stones that covered the burial chamber, the mission discovered a wooden box (canopic jars box) engraved with three lines of hieroglyphics. These lines are rituals to protect the deceased and the name of its owner.

Dr. Sherif Abdel Moneim, Assistant of the minister of antiquities, reveals that the box was used to store the four canopic jars of the deceased and the name engraved on it would be for the daughter of the 13th Dynasty king Ameny Qemau whose pyramid is located 600 meters away.

Dr. Sherif also said that the mission also discovered last month a relief with 10 lines of hieroglyphics bearing the Cartouche of King Ameny Qemau. Hence the box may belong to the King’s daughter or one of his family.
Inside the box, the mission has found wrappings of the deceased's liver, intestine, stomach and lungs. Remains of an anthropoid sarcophagus has been found but in a very bas conservation condition. Excavation works would continue to uncover more of the pyramid's secrets.

Dr. Khaled El Enany, Minister of Antiquities visited the site this morning to inspect the excavation works accompanied by Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, Head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector and Alaa Al-Shahat, head of the central administration of Antiquities of Cairo and Giza.

#Egypt #Egyptology #Archaeology #Pyramids #Dahshur

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