Ancient tombs discovered in Egypt's Luxor city
January 11 , 2013
Italian archaeologists have discovered tombs in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor believed to be more than 3,000 years old.
According to Egypt's antiquities ministry, the tombs were unearthed under the mortuary temple of the Pharoah Amenhotep II, who ruled from 1427 BC to 1401 BC.
The temple is located on the western bank of the River Nile.
Remains of wooden sarcophagi and human bones were found inside the tombs along with jars decorated with images of the four sons of the god Horus, which were used to preserve the liver, lungs, stomach and intestines of the deceased.
According to Egyptologists, the discovery is significant because it shows that temples were not just used for worship, but for burial as well.
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