New archeological find in Ain Shams
Egypt, History, 2/16/2002
"A Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) mission unearthed a coloured sarcophagus of the cemetery foreman that dates back to King Bsmatik II of the 28th Dynasty," said SCA Secretary-General Gaballah Ali Gaballah.
The earthenware sarcophagus has black-ink inscriptions in hieratic that reads the name of the sarcophagus owner Er-En-Hagouti, said Gaballah, adding it was discovered in the area surrounding the Ban-Hes tomb in Ain Shams, which undergoes restoration and rescue from subterranean water.
Among the most important engravings on the sarcophagus was that of Nut, the goddess of the sky, spreading its wings on the sarcophagus owner and another on both sides depicting god Anbuis in the form of black jackal and goddess Sikhmet and each holding the Ankh sign.
The mission also discovered a collection of various forms and colours of pearls, agate amulets and three scarabs. A report on the find will be submitted to Culture Minister Farouk Hosni.
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