Saturday, June 23, 2007

New mummy found?

Yahoo News
There are various oddities in this article. For a start Tomb 99 (Sennefer) is in the Valley of the Nobles (not the Valley of the Kings), and and the excavations lead by Cambridge University's Nigel Strudwick, and reported in detail on his excellent TT99 website, were completed some years ago (I believe in 2002). However, here's the news item anyway - see the Yahoo page above for the rest.

Archaeologists have discovered the 3,000-year-old mummy of a high priest to the god Amun in the southern city of Luxor, antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass told the official MENA news agency on Saturday.
The 18th Dynasty mummy of Sennefer was unearthed in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings -- one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world -- by a team from Britain's Cambridge University.

"The mummy was found in tomb 99 in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of Luxor," Hawass said. A high priest was considered to be the most important man after the king, performing duties, religious rituals and offerings on his behalf.
Other mummies were found during the excavation, including one with a brain tumour, a foetus, a female mummy wrapped in plaster and others which appeared to have suffered from arthritis, Hawass said.

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