New finds add to Egypt's cultural past

18th Jan 2013

Egypt is a country known for its ancient ruins and cultural heritage, and now you can add a collection of 3,000-year-old tombs to its legacy.

The tombs, which were unearthed by Italian archaeologists under Pharaoh Amenhotep II's mortuary temple in the city of Luxor, contained remains of wooden sarcophaguses and human bones.

Wafaa Elsaddik, a professor of Egyptology, declared the discovery was important as it showed temples were not just used for worship, but for burial as well.

Archaeologists also found jars once used to preserve the liver, lungs, stomach and intestines of the deceased on the site, which is located on the western bank of the River Nile.

Professor Elsaddik said the jars, which had images of the four sons of the god Horus on them, were of very good quality, suggesting the tombs had belonged to wealthy people.

Sporting the heads of a human, a baboon, a jackal and a falcon, the figures were believed to help the soul find its way to heaven.

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