Antiquities ministry celebrates anniversary of Bab el-Gasus tomb discovery
CAIRO: The Antiquities Ministry held a conference Thursday to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the discovery of the cache tomb of Bab el-Gasus that contained hundreds of mummy coffins of the priesthood of God Amun.
Under the title “Forgotten Discoveries 1891-2016,” the conference was held in the ministry’s headquarters in Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek. The event was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany, an array of public figures and international and local Egyptologists and archaeologists.
“The 21 Dynasty (1,077B.C.-943B.C.) tomb of the priests and priestesses of Amun, also known as the “2nd Cache” is located at the west bank of Luxor; a few meters away from the 3,500 year-old Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut,” archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Thursday.
The tomb was excavated in May 1891 and after it was opened, another exceptional ground-burial was found with over 250 outstanding sets of mummy coffins dedicated to the priests of God Amun, 110 Ushabti (small figurines) boxes, wooden statues, vessels and canopic jars, all dating back to over 3,000 years ago, according to Sabban.
Some of the mummy coffins are currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo while others were gifted by Egypt’s ruler Mohamed Tawfik Pasha to several European countries and are now on display in 17 museums all over the world including the Vatican Museums, Leiden Museum and the Louvre, he said.