Egypt dig unearths 3,600-year-old mummy, rare sarcophagus in Luxor – CNN.com

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This photo released on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, shows a preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in Egypt

(CNN) — Archaeologists say they unearthed a rare find during a dig in Egypt: a sarcophagus that’s 3,600 years old — with a mummy still inside.

Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported Thursday that a team working on a routine excavation at a tomb in Luxor uncovered the painted, human-shaped sarcophagus.

It dates back to 1600 B.C., when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned in Egypt, the country’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said.

The sarcophagus belonged to a top government official, whose mummy was enclosed inside, Al-Ahram said, citing Egypt’s antiquities minister, Mohamed Ibrahim.

The sarcophagus is engraved with titles of the official, but archaeologists haven’t yet been able to identify him, Ibrahim said.

This photo released on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, shows Egyptian men digging up a preserved wooden sarcophagus that dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned, in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt This photo released on Thursday…

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