posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 08:56 AM
Spanish archaeologists unearthed an intact sarcophagus during restoration work at the tomb of Amenhotep Huy (tomb TT40) in the Qurnet Murai
Necropolis, part of the greater Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile river containing the tombs of several New Kingdom officials.
Amenhotep Huy was Viceroy of Kush under Tutankhamen ("King Tut"). He was the successor of Tuthmosis who served under Tutankhamen's father, Akhenaten
and the predecessor of his own son and grandson, Paser I and Amenemopet, who served under the next four pharaohs (Ay, Horemheb, Ramesses I, Seti
The sarcophagus. Image Credit: Ahram Online
The coffin is carved from wood and covered with plaster, which is painted with scenes depicting different ancient Egyptian gods, including Thoth,
Anubis, Osiris, Isis, and the four sons of Horus. Inside, the mummy is wrapped in linen and the face is covered with a mask. There is also a religious
necklace found on the chest and a wig decorated with a flower crown on the head.
Another view of the sarcophagus. Image Credit: Ahram
Abdel Hakim Karrar antiquities director general in Upper Egypt, told Ahram Online that hieroglyphic text engraved on the sarcophagus identifies
the mummy as “Amun’s singer”. This suggests the mummy may be female as it was women that usually held the role of singer within temples, while
men played instruments in rituals held outside the temple.
In the Egyptian Pantheon, Amun
(aka Amon) was a self-created wind deity who was merged with the Sun god
Ra, becoming Amun-Ra (or Amon-Ra), king of the gods, principal deity of the New
The sarcophagus is described as being typical of the style of the 21st Dynasty which would put it several hundred years after the time of Amenhotep
Huy and it's not clear from any of the articles I've read if the sarcophagus was located in the tomb and if so, how it came to be there.
Earlier this year, another Amun temple singer, Tjayasetimu, was the subject of
an exhibition at the British Museum
. The sarcophagus
containing the mummy of the young girl — estimated to have been between 7 and 9 — was brought to the museum in 1888 but remained in storage in a
vault until the 1970's. Tjayasetimu and her sarcophagus were bought from an antiquities dealer and the location of the tomb in which she was found is
edit on 2014-12-9 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)