CAIRO – A Spanish archeological mission has uncovered the intact tomb where the brother of one of the most important Pharaonic governors of the 12th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, Sarenput II, was buried, according to the head of the team, Alejandro Jimenez-Serrano.
A mummy was also discovered inside the burial chamber in the area of Qubbet al-Hawa, in the south Egyptian province of Aswan, 852 kilometers (529 miles) from the capital Cairo, where the team has been working since 2008.
Jimenez-Serrano, an academic at the University of Jaen, said that the mummy is still being examined, while he stressed that it has been preserved in good condition and is covered with a polychrome cartonnage with a beautiful mask and collar.
He added that the inscriptions on the coffins bear the name of the deceased, Shemai, followed by his mother and father, Satethotep and Khema respectively.
The latter was the governor of the island of Elephantine in the reign of the pharaoh Amenemhat II.
The Spanish expert stressed that this latest find adds further information to previous discoveries of 14 members of the ruling family of Elephantine and provides a unique opportunity to study the living conditions of the upper class in Egypt more than 3,800 years ago.
The head of Ancient Egyptian antiquities department, Mahmoud Afifi, emphasized that this discovery sheds light on the lives of high born individuals who lived under the shadow of power, of which little is known.
The director general of Aswan antiquities, Nasr Salama, said that objects found in the chamber are unique as they comprise of the deceased’s funerary goods, such as pottery, two cedar coffins, and a set of wooden models, as well as scenes of daily life.
The discovery was made on March 6, but was only revealed on Wednesday after it was documented with pictures and videos.