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Five tombs found on Luxor’s west bank

Five ancient Egyptian tombs have been found in King Amehoptep II’s funerary complex on Luxor’s west bank.

Each tomb includes a deep shaft leading to a burial chamber containing a wooden painted sarcophagus. The sarcophagi are decorated with funerary and religious scenes painted in black and red and house skeletons of the deceased.

Mansour Boreik, supervisor of Luxor antiquities, said that 12 very well preserved mud brick and sandstone Canopic jars were also unearthed. These jars, explained Boreik, were used by ancient Egyptians to store and preserve the deceased’s bodily organs for use in the afterlife.

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Story: Nevine El-Aref, Ahram | Photo: Ahram

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