More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya

During excavation work carried out Sunday inside a mastaba tomb found in Tel El-Tabila in Dakahliya, a collection of three skeletons, a large collection of ushabti figurines and two tombs were uncovered.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
The discovered Coffin [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of state for antiquities, said in a press release that the three skeletons can be dated to the Late Ancient Egyptian period. A collection of 14 amulets were found buried beside one of them.

The most important amulet is one depicting the Triod gods of Amun, Horus and Neftis.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
Large collection of ushabti figurines beside a Mummy [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
Beside the second skeleton, Ibrahim said, a collection of 29 amulets was found, among them a heart shaped scarab and garnet amulets.

Beside the third skeleton excavators uncovered 12 amulets featuring the Udjat eye of Horus.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
Ushabti figurine [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian Section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities told Ahram Online that the Egyptian excavation mission uncovered two anthropoid limestone coffins with a mummy inside.

Inside the first coffin the mummy is covered with gilded carttonage and decorated with hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of King Psamtiak I from the 26th Dynasty.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
The Alba bird bronze amulet [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
The mummy is in a bad state of preservation due to high levels of humidity.

A wooden box filled with ushabti figurines and amulets was also found along with 300 faience ushabti figurines partly damaged. Among the amulets found inside the box, El-Asfar said, is an Alba bird bronze amulet.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
The Triod gods of Amun, Horus and Neftis [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
Mohamed Abdel Samiaa head of the Central Administrative Section for Lower Egypt pointed out that the second coffin has a similar wooden box inside with 286 ushabti figurines and the remains of the deceased.

Tel El-Tabila is a necropolis of a Late Ancient Egyptian period and houses a collection of tombs dated between the 22nd and 26th dynasties.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
The gilded carttonage and decorated with hieroglyphic text and the cartouche
of king Psamtiak I from the 26th dynasty [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
Early last week, the Egyptian archaeological mission uncovered a collection of 180 ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines and a limestone sarcophagus inside a mud brick mastaba tomb from the Late Ancient Egyptian period.

The tomb consists of a number of burial shafts. Inside one of the burial shafts, excavators uncovered a limestone anthropoid sarcophagus of a lady called Werty, the daughter of Rtrs.

More ancient discoveries in Egypt's Dakahliya
Tomb entrance [Credit: Nevine El-Aref]
Beside the sarcophagus, added Ibrahim, a large collection of 180 ushabti figurines carved in wood and limestone was unearthed.

The sarcophagus lid, explained El-Asfar, features Werty's figure in the Osirian position. Ancient Egyptian prayers are also carved on the lid. 

Author: Nevine El-Aref  | Source: AhramOnline [February 09, 2014]

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