1,100-Year-Old Tomb Of A Singer Discovered By Scientists In Egypt (Photo)

By on Jan 18, 2012 in Archaelogy, Asia, Science, World Comments
1,100-year-old tomb
The 1,100-year-old tomb
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A 1,100-year-old tomb believed to be of a female singer was unearthed by archaeologists from Switzerland and Egypt in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, international news sites reported on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

According to Mansour Boraiq, the senior official at the Antiquities Ministry in Luxor as noted in the reports, the tomb is the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient royal families ever found in the valley. The coffin is “remarkably intact”, Mr. Boraiq reportedly said.

Reports said that the singer’s name is Nehmes Bastet, which also means that she was believed to be protected by the feline deity Bastet.

According to Elina Paulin-Grothe, field director for excavation at the Valley of the Kings with Switzerland‘s University of Basel, the tomb was found by accident.

“We were not looking for new tombs. It was close to another tomb that was discovered 100 years ago,” Paulin-Grothe was quoted as saying.

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