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3,000-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus is discovered and presented to the world’s media

The discovery is predicted to improve Egypt's tourism influx which has suffered since the 2011 political uprising

No this isn’t another re-make of the 1999 classic, The Mummy, or a cringe dance move to pull off in the clubs. In the Egyptian city of Luxor, a 3,000-year-old sarcophagus, encasing the well-preserved mummy of a woman from the era of the pharaohs, was unearthed. The sarcophagus was one of two found earlier this month by a French-led mission in the northern area of El-Asasef necropolis on the western bank of the Nile.

The sarcophagus was one of the first of the discoveries to be unveiled before the gaze of the world’s media. Experts revealed on camera that the decayed body comes from the 18th dynasty (around 13th century BC). This was a period of time where pharaohs, such as Tutankhamun and Rameses II, spearheaded the Egyptian empire. Experts have harvested the sands for more remains to add clarity to the events of this notable point in history, and the recent discovery of the sarcophagus is another exciting find.

The find was located between the royal tombs at the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings. At the El-Asasef necropolis is the burial site of nobles and senior officials close to
the pharaohs.

Archaeologists discovered that the tomb was decorated with intricate paintings of the
mummified corpse and her family, as well as other talismans and pottery buried beneath
the 300 cubic metres of rubble that took five months to clear.

This not only represents yet another significant historical discovery, but also revitalises
international interest in what lies beneath the sands of Egypt. Ever since the political
uprising of 2011, tourism and travel industries throughout Egypt have stagnated, and a
resurge of interest in the historically rich area is a welcome tonic for the country’s economy.

It amazes me that, to this day, pieces of our long distant past are still being discovered and
used to have a positive effect in our daily lives. A child may see the structure of a dinosaur
skeleton at a museum and decide, then and there, to become a palaeontologist, affecting the
entire direction of their life.

For Egypt, the long lost relics of its past are what merit the indomitable interest in the
country, and the ghost of its long lost dynasties.

If you have ever made a little historical discovery of your own (even if it’s not finding a
mummy in your back garden), then feel free to share with the Galleon team.

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