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Egypt: Archeologists find 3,500-year-old wooden coffins

Three people, at least two of them women, were buried in the city of Luxor some 3,500 years ago. A team of French archeologists has discovered their coffins in the necropolis of al-Asasif, complete with original paint.

The cover of one of the coffins discovered in Luxor (picture-alliance/dpa/Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities )

Egyptian authorities on Wednesday confirmed the latest archeological discovery to come from the ancient city of Luxor— three painted wooden coffins bearing hieroglyphic writings.

“The coffins are dated to 18th dynasty (1550-1295 BC) and are in a good state of conservation,” said the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri.

“They bear colored scenes and inscriptions,” he was quoted by the local Luxor Times as saying.

A team of French archeologists unearthed the coffins from the necropolis of al-Asasif, on the west bank of the Nile. Last month, Egyptian authorities announced a find of 30 wooden coffins on the same Luxor site, but the objects discovered in October were 500 years younger than the most recent find.

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More unearthed secrets

According to Egyptian official Fathy Yassin, the first of the three newly discovered coffins “belongs to a woman called ‘Ti Abo’ and measures 195 cm (6 feet 5 inches) in length bearing colored scenes and hieroglyph inscription.”

“The second coffins belongs to a woman called ‘Rau’ and it measures 190 cm in length,” he added. The last object is smaller than the other two (180) and covered in gypsum, but has no inscriptions, according to the authorities. The gender of the occupant was not immediately clear.

A 3,500 year old coffin from Luxor (picture-alliance/dpa/Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities )

Egypt has announced a series of sensational discoveries in recent months, in what is seen as a push to renew its troubled tourism industry. On Saturday, the antiquities ministry announced a find of mummified animals near Cairo, including sacred birds and predators believed to be lion cubs.

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