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Discovering pharaonic tomb belongs to 13th dynasty
 

The Egyptian Minister of State for Monuments Mohamed Ibrahim, announced about the discovery of the pharaonic tomb in Sohag governorate (South of Cairo) belonging to "Sobek Hotep I" King who ruled Egypt for nearly four years during the eighteenth century BC .

Ibrahim said, in a statement to reporters, that "a joint mission from Ministry of State for Monuments and University of Pennsylvania found the tomb of (Sobek Hotep I) King, and is likely to be the first one who ruled Egypt at the beginning of Thirteen Pharaonic Dynasty in the Second Intermediate Period,"indicating that the tomb  was found in "Abydos" city in Sohag governorate (south of Cairo).

He added that leading lines to such discovery became clear when a huge 60-ton-coffin backs to quartzite was found in 2013, till the "crumbs" of an engraved plate entitled by the name of the King that imagined him sitting on the throne was found last week. He added that, canopic wares belonging to the king were found on the crumbs (where the bowels of the deceased placed in during the mummification process), as well as a number of elements of the gilded funerary luggage .

Ibrahim confirmed that the ministry is working to provide all means of security and guard to the site in coordination with the police of Tourism and Monuments, until completing drilling works in the site and detecting all architectural elements of the tomb. He also emphasized on the importance of developing a quick plan of restoration and rehabilitation for the inauguration before local and international tourism as part of ministry efforts to open new archaeological trends in order to activate the movement of incoming tourism to Egypt.

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