A Concealed Cachet in Luxor!!
February 2006

The first ever discovered tomb in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamunís in 1922 was found yesterday by an American excavation team from the University of Memphis. Culture minister Farouk Hosni announced.

Zahi Hawass secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said that the tomb was found 14.5 meters away from Tutís tomb in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor west bank during the missionís routine excavation work. The tombís doorway was reached at four meters beneath the ground level, crudely blocked with stones.


Visible through a small opening in the blocks were seven intact anthropoid sarcophagi wearing coloured funerary masks and a large number of large storage jars. The sarcophagi contain mummies that date to the 18th dynasty, which for an unknown reason they were buried rapidly in the small tomb. Eight pits have also been located and archaeologists have suggested that they are stairs used by ancient Egyptians to enter and exit the tomb.

ďThis is the fourth ever discovered cachet in Luxor,Ē asserted Hawass and continued that the first one was found by Adbel Rassul family in 1887 where 40 intact royal mummies were unearthed, the second was the cachet of Amunís priest in 1891 where 100 sarcophagi of Amun priests were found while the third was in 1898 where 12 royal mummies were uncovered inside king Amenhotep IIís tomb.
Mansour Borek, the supervisor of the Luxor monuments said that 28 clay pots sealed with pharaonic seal have been also found inside the tomb.
Otto Shaden the director of the American mission said that from the build-up of the rubble and construction of workmenís huts above that tomb had been concealed at least since the latter part of dynasty 19.

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