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A team of Spanish archaeologists from the Spanish Archaeological Mission have uncovered a tomb said to be around 4,000 years old in West Aswan in Egypt. The tomb was unlooted and includes a mummy, which is thought to be the brother of Sarenput II.
Unique Finding With Funerary Goods
Sarenput II was one of the most powerful and dominant Pharaonic governors during the 12th Dynasty of Egypt during the reign of Senwosret II and Senwosret III and the elder brother to Shemai.
Archaeologists said the tomb is of importance as it shows the richness of the burial along with shedding light on individuals shadowed by people in power. The head of the department of ancient Egyptian equities said that up to now there hasn’t been much information about them.
The discovery means that more data can now be added to prior discoveries of 14 family members of the Elephantine family ruling during Dynasty 12. The discovery offers a unique chance to study and learn about the life conditions of the high class dating back over 3800 years.
Burial ceremonies of the Egyptians were rituals that were complicated and each ceremony involved huge amounts of preparation along with careful placement of burial items. The ancient Egyptians believed that afterlife is similar to living on Earth and so one needed goods when they made the journey to the field of Reeds, which was an Egyptians paradise.
The director pointed out that the finding is unique in that it was unlooted and so came with the funerary goods and items intact. The funerary goods included two coffins, both the outer shell and inner, made of cedar, pottery and wooden models, these are said to be representatives of scenes out of daily life and funerary boats.
Burial Chamber Complete With Mummy
Egyptologists stated that this was an important discovery as the tomb also contained a mummy.
The mummy was complete with cartonnage painted several different colors, a mask that is impressive and collars which are said to have been persevered well. The mummy has yet to be examined.
An inscription on the coffin was noted and it is the name Shemai, who was the brother of Sarenput II. Other names included are those of his father and mother, Khema and Satethotep.
There has recently been a string of big discoveries in Egyptian archaeology with this tomb and mummy being the most recent. Another recent finding was a statue in Cairo, which people say has the likeness of Pharaoh Ramses II. Many are now booking expeditions to try to find out more secrets of ancient Egypt and it is thought that more expeditions will make their way to try and uncover all the mysteries of Aswan.