Archaeologists have discovered a unique tomb of an Egyptian commander (photo)

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    Archaeologists have discovered a unique tomb of an Egyptian commander (photo)

    Among other artifacts, it is worth highlighting two wooden boxes with 402 clay figures, alabaster jugs, 10 goblets and pottery.

    During their recent archaeological excavations, scientists unearthed the secret tomb of an ancient Egyptian general who led an army of foreign mercenaries, writes Newsweek.

    Egyptian commander Wahibre-Mary-Knight was responsible for recruiting soldiers from Asia Minor and the Aegean Islands. The burial dates back to the beginning of the 5th century BC. and was excavated by the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University in Prague.

    Archaeologists have discovered a unique tomb of an Egyptian commander (photo )

    Inside the tomb, a team of scientists discovered the largest embalming warehouse in Egypt, which contained 370 ceramic jars with materials used to mummify the commander.

    Vahibre-Mary-Knight was buried in a huge two-tiered square tomb. The main shaft is 6 m deep and measures approximately 14 m by 14 m across. The second shaft was dug below and is rectangular and measures 16.5m by 3.3m.

    Archaeologists have discovered a unique tomb of an Egyptian commander (photo)

    The second mine also had a sarcophagus, consisting of an external and internal parts. The outer one is built from two heavy slabs of white limestone, while the inner one is carved from basalt.

    Archaeologists were disappointed to find that the sarcophagus had been opened and the mummy of Vahibre-Mary-Knight removed. Based on the discovery of two ceramic vessels left inside the tomb, scientists have concluded that tomb robbers broke into and stole it over 1,000 years ago. In addition to the lack of a mummy, the sarcophagus also lacked space for burial. The only items found were an intricately carved heart-shaped scarab and an amulet designed to be worn on the head.

    Archaeologists have discovered a unique tomb of an Egyptian commander (photo)

    Although the experts could not find the commander's mummy, they still stumbled upon into two wooden boxes containing 402 clay figurines designed to serve him in the afterlife. The finds also included alabaster jugs, 10 goblets and limestone earthenware called an ostraca, on which religious texts were written.

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