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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Archaeologists unearth 3,600 year-old mummy

Published 13/02/2014 | 16:49

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Egyptian men dig up a preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Luxor, Egypt (AP/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
Egyptian men dig up a preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Luxor, Egypt. Photo: AP/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities
A preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Egypt (AP/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
A preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Egypt (AP/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
A preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Egypt (AP/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
A preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Egypt (AP/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)

Spanish archaeologists have unearthed a 3,600-year-old mummy in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt's Antiquities Minister says.

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Mohammed Ibrahim said in a statement that the rare find in a preserved wooden sarcophagus dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned.

He said the mummy appears to belong to a high official. The sarcophagus is engraved with hieroglyphs and decorated with inscriptions of birds' feathers.

The exact identity of the well-preserved mummy will now be studied, Mr Ibrahim said, adding that it was discovered by a Spanish mission in collaboration with the Egyptian antiquities ministry.

Antiquities department head Ali Al-Asfar said the two-metre sarcophagus still bears its original colouring and writings.

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