Limestone Sarcophagus, Ushabti Figures Unearthed In Minya’s Al-Gharafa Area, Egypt
Conny Waters – MessageToEagle.com – Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a number of ancient Egyptian artifacts in a burial well in Minya Governorate.
The findings include a limestone coffin, a number of shabti figures in Minya’s Al-Gharafa archaeological area of Tuna El-Gebel.
The team was led by the Supreme Council of Antiquities Secretary-General Mustafa Waziri, who informed that archaeologists began its fourth season at the site by removing existing debris, which led to the well’s discovery at a depth of 5 meters, writes Daily News Egypt.
The limestone coffin, which was found in the well, features painted reliefs in good condition representing the four children of Horus. The researchers also discovered many ushabti figurines, left in ancient times with the dead as servants devoted to working for their deceased owners.
In ancient Egyptian religion, the tombs were equipped with small-sized and mummy-shaped figurines with arms crossed on the chest. The use of them was widespread, and their ‘mission’ was to set the deceased free from the necessity of labor in the afterlife.
Al-Waziri added that the initial inspection work indicated that the mummified remains in the coffin belong to Jahouti Umm Hoteb, who lived during the 26th Dynasty. It is believed that Jahouti Umm Hoteb held the position of the Great Khums and the supervisor of Thrones and his father was Guarda East.
Written by Conny Waters – MessageToEagle.com – AncientPages.com Staff Writer