On Tuesday Apr. 18, new Egyptian artifacts were discovered near the Valley of Kings, an area known for its archeological findings.
The National Geographic wrote that the tomb excavation was, “near the famed Valley of the Kings for the first time, a team of Egyptian archaeologists has made what they are labeling an ‘important discovery.’”
In the city of Cairo, CNN reported that, “Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, 10 colorful sarcophagi and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs.” This was announced by the Ministry of Antiquities, who serves to investigate and conserve the history of Egypt.
BBC wrote, “The tomb was in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis nearby. It belonged to a nobleman who worked as a judge.”
The Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, told National Geographic, “This tomb was known from the outside, but we have never been inside,” as time passes, the excavation team hopes to unearth more hidden treasure.
“The statues were found inside a nine-metre (30ft) shaft. Another room that was found has not been excavated yet,” said BBC.
Spokeswoman for the Ministry of Antiquities Nevine el-Aref told BBC, there was “evidence and traces that new mummies could be discovered in the future.”
According to CNN, the unearthed remains include, “The inner chamber of the main tomb houses a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st Dynasty and mummies wrapped in linen, according to the ministry.”
Also discovered were “ ushabti funerary figurines made of faience, terracotta and wood as well as a collection of clay pots,” the ministry told CNN.
As for the layout of the tomb, National Geographic wrote that “The tomb is arranged in a T shape that opens with a courtyard, before narrowing into a long hall with a corridor that leads to an inner chamber,” and there were several feet of debris to that needed to be removed before discoveries could be made.
El-Enany told National Geographic, “the tomb might have been used as a possible cachette, or hideout, after its initial construction.”
The Ministry of Antiquities hopes that these newfound mummies will bring more tourism, and they might even inspire another mummy movie.