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Italian archaeologists unearth necropolis in Luxor

10/01/2013

'Year of magnificent discoveries' says team leader

Italian archaeologists unearth necropolis in Luxor

Cairo, January 10 - Italian archeologists discovered a necropolis dating from 1075-664 BC in the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep II in Luxor, Egyptian Minister for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said Thursday. The mission led by archeologist Angelo Sesana found the remains of wood coffins with red and black decorations and four Canopic vases, which ancient Egyptians used to hold mummies' entrails, representing the sons of the god Horus, the minister said. The vases were on either side of a sarcophagus containing a skeleton, probably a woman's, according to Sesana, who has been digging in a 12-square-kilometer area in which he has so far unearthed necropolises ranging from 1800-700 BC. ''It has been a year of magnificent discoveries,'' Sesana told ANSA. ''Just five days ago we found the tomb of a child from 1800 BC. There was a tiny terracotta sarcophagus, surrounded by beautiful little bowls and plates.''