Archaeologists find 3,600-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus…

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Luxor
The sarcophagus was discovered in the Egyptian city of Luxor, which is home to the Luxor Temple.

Recently, scientists in Egypt uncovered a 4,600-year-old pyramid hidden in the mysterious sands. Now, a group of Spanish archaeologists have made a rare find in the ancient city of Luxor: a beautifully carved 3,600-year-old sarcophagus (fancy coffin) with a preserved mummy resting inside.

History and antique experts were very excited to hear about the discovery. See, political tension in the region has led to dangerous bombings, many of which have destroyed priceless artifacts and tombs. Additionally, poor security has resulted in increased looting (stealing) all over the country.

Experts say the reason this particular sarcophagus was untouched while pyramids around it were looted was because it was protected with limestone.

The detailed designs on the sarcophagus include hieroglyphics (ancient Egyptian writing) and carvings of colorful feathers. This kind of artwork was usually saved only for the sarcophagi of high-ranking government officials, and researchers are working hard to figure out the mummy’s identity.

Featured  image courtesy of Supreme Council of the Antiquities. Image of Luxor courtesy of Scott D. Haddow on Flickr