A British-Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Al-Kom Al-Ahmar area of the Upper Egyptian town of Edfu has discovered a pre-dynastic royal tomb of an unidentified king, the antiquities ministry reported.
The unearthed tomb contains the deceased mummy and an ivory statuette depicting a man with a barb, said Ali El-Asfar, head of the ministry's ancient Egyptian antiquities section.
El-Asfar described the statuette as unique and likely featuring the tomb's owner or a protective deity from the time period.
He also said that early studies carried out on the mummy suggest that the deceased died young, when he was around 17 to 20 years old.
"It is a very important discovery," said Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, adding that it would add more to Egypt's history as well as reveal more of the customs, religious beliefs and funerary rituals of people before the pre-dynastic era.