Archaeologists find 1000 statues in tomb in Egypt's Luxor


Egyptologists have uncovered more than 1,000 statues and 10 sarcophagi - eight of which hold mummies - in a Nile riverbank tomb in Luxor, The Associated Press reports.

Mr Waziri said that his team is working in restoring the wooden coffins so it could be moved.

Archaeologists exploring a mysterious tomb in Egypt were in for a surprise when they discovered more than 1,000 statues and eight mummies. A well-preserved wooden coffin, decorated with colorful scenes, was found in the rectangular hall.

The opening was attended by Egyptian minister of antiquities Khaled al-Anany, Luxor's governor, a number of Egyptian officials and local and worldwide archaeologists.

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White, orange, green, and patterned pots were also found in the tombs.

The age of the tomb was determined "through the drawings on the ceiling", said Waziri.

Meanwhile, Waziri said the tomb is a typical prototype of a nobleman's tomb, adding that the tomb's T-shape consists of an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and then into an inner chamber.

A collection of sarcophagi from the 21st Dynasty, with mummies wrapped in linen, was found in the inner chamber.

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Another room in the tomb was also discovered, though it has not yet been completely excavated, the ministry said.

The mission removed 450 cubic meters of debris, revealing the entrance of the main tomb and the two joint tombs.

The tombs and ancient temples of Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt during its later periods and now the city of Luxor, have been a major tourist attraction.

Tourism in Egypt has suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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More discoveries, including more mummies, are expected.