New Egyptian Tomb and Sarcophagus Discovered

The sarcophagus of Isisnofret, © Waseda University Institute of Egyptology

The sarcophagus of Isisnofret, © Waseda University Institute of Egyptology

The tomb of a noblewoman called Isisnofret, who is thought to be the granddaughter of Ramses II has been found in Egypt.

The new tomb was found near the tomb of Khaemwaset, a son of Ramesses II. Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said that inside the tomb’s burial chamber the mission unearthed a limestone sarcophagus belonging to a noblewoman named Isisnofret, along with three human bodies and several fragmentary funerary objects.

The tomb structure itself consists of a pylon and a colonnaded courtyard leading to an antechamber with four pillars, and terminating in three cult chapels and the base of a small pyramid.  Its plan is typical for a free-standing tomb-chapel of the New Kingdom, particularly the Ramesside Period.

Because of the proximity of the newly discovered tomb to that of the prince, it is possible that the owner of the sarcophagus is the daughter of Khaemwaset.

Source: Dr. Zahi Hawass and National Geographic

External Links:
Tomb and Sarcophagus of Isisnofret Discovered at Saqqara
Detail of the Sarcophagus of Isisnofret
Ancient Cult Chapels, Egyptian Noblewoman’s Tomb Found

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