Three 3,500-Year-Old Painted Wooden Coffins Discovered In Luxor, Egypt

Three wooden coffins have been uncovered in the courtyard of Padiaménopé tomb (TT 33), by an archaeological team led by from the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) and the University of Strasbourg directed by Dr. Frédéric Colin.

The excavations took place at al-Asasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile, in Egypt’s southern city of Luxor.The coffins, dated back to the 18th dynasty (1550-1295 BC), are well-preserved and decorated with colorful inscriptions and hieroglyphic writings. according to Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council for Egyptian Antiquities.Two of the coffins are 190 and 195 centimeters long and are for two women, while the third one is 190cm long; they are also in a good state of preservation, according to Fathy Yassin, an antiquities official in Luxor.

Fathy Yassin (Director of West Bank Antiquities) said that “the first coffin belongs to a woman called “Ti Abo” and it measures 195 cm in length bearing colored scenes and hieroglyph inscription.

The second coffin belongs to a woman called “Rau” and it measures 190 cm in length. It is painted in yellow and bears hieroglyphs inscription on a white painted background, according to Luxor Times.

The 18th dynasty (1550-1295 BC) was the first dynasty of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the era in which ancient Egypt achieved the peak of its power. The Eighteenth Dynasty spanned the period from 1549/1550 to 1292 BC. This dynasty is also known as the Thutmosid Dynasty because the four pharaohs had a name:  Thutmose.

In recent months, Egypt reported a series of important ancient discoveries. On Saturday, the ministry announced the discovery of a cache of mummified animals in Saqqara necropolis, near Cairo, and in October, the Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of 30 well-preserved colored wooden coffins containing mummies dating back to 3,000 years ago in Luxor.