Rare Pharaonic wooden coffin unearthed in southern Egypt
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni said Tuesday that a rare
ancient wooden coffin believed to have a history of over 3500 years was
unearthed in the southern city of Luxor, the official MENA news agency reported.
Hosni was quoted as saying that the coffin, which dates back to the 13th
Dynasty (1785-1680 BC) in ancient Egypt, was unearthed inside an unmarked tomb
in the area of Dra'a Abul-Naga near the pyramid of King Nob-khebar Ra-antaf.
The antique, discovered by a German archaeological team in the Thebes
cemetery, has been the first of its kind since 1820 when a similar coffin of a
woman called Mentohotep was unearthed, he added.