Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister State of Antiquities, announced the discovery of a cemetery dated back to the Third Intermediate Period (1075 – 664 B.C) inside the mortuary temple of Amenhotep II (XVIII Dynasty 1550-1291 B.C) which is located north of the Ramesseum temple on the west bank of Luxor.
With our workers we carefully opened a corner of what appears to be just a small sarcophagus! The cover is unfortunately broken in several pieces and we fear that this is the work of the ancient looters. But for once we’re lucky! And after a careful cleaning, we see inside the small objects deposited as a kit: everything needed for the journey in Afterlife for a child of about six months.
The location where the body lay carefully composed, leads us to suppose that originally could have been mummified. There is perhaps normal to see a relation between the two young women discovered last year and the small body. And as we reflect on their past lives, our workers carry the little coffin on their shoulders proposing to us the image of a distant funeral.”