First wooden coffin of 13th dynasty unearthed in Luxor
Egypt, Local, 11/10/2004
Egypt's Culture Minister Farouk Hosni said the first wooden sarcophagus that dates back to the 13th Dynasty in ancient Egypt was unearthed inside an unmarked tomb in the area of Dra'a Abul- Naga, near the pyramid of King Nob-Khebar Ra-antaf.
In statements yesterday Hosni said that the discovered coffin is the first of its kind in the Thebes cemetery since 1820, when a similar one of a woman called Mentohotep was unearthed.
Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Secretary General Zahi Hawas said that the find was made by a mission from the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo during excavation works inside a burial chamber in an unmarked tomb in Upper Egypt.
He said that the wooden sarcophagus was found in good condition but is broken at one side, the one prised open by thieves to steal contents inside, on which hieroglyphic inscriptions were encarved, showing the tomb inhabitant's name, Emni.
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