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More funerary objects are unearthed inside a mastaba tomb uncovered last week in Dakahliya

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 9 Feb 2014
ushabti figurines
Large collection of ushabti figurines (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)
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During excavation work carried out Sunday inside a mastaba tomb found in Tel El-Tabila in Dakahliya, a collection of three skeletons, a large collection of ushabti figurines and two tombs were uncovered.

Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of state for antiquities, said in a press release that the three skeletons can be dated to the Late Ancient Egyptian period. A collection of 14 amulets were found buried beside one of them. The most important amulet is one depicting the Triod gods of Amun, Horus and Neftis.

Beside the second skeleton, Ibrahim said, a collection of 29 amulets was found, among them a heart shaped scarab and garnet amulets.

Beside the third skeleton excavators uncovered 12 amulets featuring the Udjat eye of Horus.

Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian Section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities told Ahram Online that the Egyptian excavation mission uncovered two anthropoid limestone coffins with a mummy inside.

Inside the first coffin the mummy is covered with gilded carttonage and decorated with hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of King Psamtiak I from the 26th Dynasty.

The mummy is in a bad state of preservation due to high levels of humidity.

A wooden box filled with ushabti figurines and amulets was also found along with 300 faience ushabti figurines partly damaged.

Among the amulets found inside the box, El-Asfar said, is an Alba bird bronze amulet.

Mohamed Abdel Samiaa head of the Central Administrative Section for Lower Egypt pointed out that the second coffin has a similar wooden box inside with 286 ushabti figurines and the remains of the deceased.

Tel El-Tabila is a necropolis of a Late Ancient Egyptian period and houses a collection of tombs dated between the 22nd and 26th dynasties.

Early last week, the Egyptian archaeological mission uncovered a collection of 180 ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines and a limestone sarcophagus inside a mud brick mastaba tomb from the Late Ancient Egyptian period.

The tomb consists of a number of burial shafts. Inside one of the burial shafts, excavators uncovered a limestone anthropoid sarcophagus of a lady called Werty, the daughter of Rtrs. Beside the sarcophagus, added Ibrahim, a large collection of 180 ushabti figurines carved in wood and limestone was unearthed.

The sarcophagus lid, explained El-Asfar, features Werty's figure in the Osirian position. Ancient Egyptian prayers are also carved on the lid.

large collection of ushabti figurines beside a Mummy (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

Alba bird bronze amulet
The Alba bird bronze amulet (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

The discovered Coffin (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

The gilded carttonage
The gilded carttonage and decorated with hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of king Psamtiak I from the 26th dynasty (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

(Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

the Triod gods of Amun, Horus and Neftis
The Triod gods of Amun, Horus and Neftis (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

ushabti figurine
ushabti figurine (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

Tomb entrance
Tomb entrance (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

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Marilyn Docherty
14-02-2014 08:20am
What a wonderful find - looking forward to reading more about this!
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Huub Pragt
10-02-2014 10:43pm
Amulets tomb of Werty
The bird amulet is made of gold, not bronze. It is a human headed ba-bird. In arabic this may sound asfar al-ba. The triad gods are the sisters Nephtys (left) and Isis (right) with Horus the child in the middle. A common amulet in the Late Period.
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