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Mummy singer dug up in Egypt

An extraordinary find in Luxor Keystone

Basel University archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered the tomb of a temple singer dating back nearly 3,000 years.

This content was published on January 16, 2012 - 20:41
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According to the tomb’s inscription, the woman, named Nehmes Bastet, was a singer and the daughter of a high priest around 945-712BC, the Egyptian ministry for antiquities said.

The group of archaeologists chanced upon the tomb and its intact mummy while cleaning a site that had been discovered during last year’s uprising and since resealed with an iron cover, the BBC reported.

It is one of the few tombs the Valley of the Kings not to have been looted.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said the discovery was important as it showed the Valley of the Kings was also used to bury ordinary individuals and priests during Egypt’s 22nd dynasty.   

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