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Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare sarcophagus featuring a slender face and a scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian pharaoh, Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.

The mystery man whose skeleton was found inside the sarcophagus was most likely a local Canaanite official in the service of ancient Egypt, Israeli archaeologists believe, shining a light on a period when pharaohs governed the region.

"This is a really beautiful face, very serene," said Edwin van den Brink, an Egyptologist and archaeologist with Israel’s government antiquities authority. "It’s very appealing." Read more.

A Spanish-Egyptian archeological team working on Luxor’s west bank has discovered a rare wooden human-shaped sarcophagus from the 17th dynasty.

The find came during routine excavation work at the tomb of Djehuty, treasure holder for Queen Hatshepsut, at Dra Abul-Naga necropolis.

The sarcophagus is important for the detailed depictions of bird feather shapes and sizes painted on its lid, motifs that have earned it the title of Feathers Sarcophagi, according to Egypt’s antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

The 2 metre long, 42 cm tall sarcophagus is in very good condition, Ibrahim said, and also engraved with titles of the deceased, which archeologists have not yet been able to identify. Read more.

A Bali man found a two-millenia-old sarcophagus on Thursday while plowing land to plant coffee seeds, a government archaeology official said.

“The shape is like a stone coffin — more-or-less two meters long and one meter in width,” the head of the Denpasar Archeology Agency Wayan Suantika said on Friday.

The farmer, I Nyoman Santika, found the sarcophagus on Oct. 29, 2013 in Pupuan village, in the Tabanan district of western Bali.

The archaeology agency said a preliminary examination of the artifact indicated that it dated back around 2,300 years. Read more.

Archaeologists are preparing to extract a sarcophagus discovered at Lincoln Castle and thought to contain “somebody terribly important”.

The stone sarcophagus, believed to date from about AD900, was found alongside the remains of a church which was previously unknown.

Archaeologists have been on site for almost a year and their work came to an end this week.

They believe the sarcophagus could contain a Saxon king or bishop.

Archaeologist Cecily Spall said: “There’s lots of careful planning to do in the next few weeks but as I say we do hope to get it out and have a look inside. Read more.

A 10-year old German boy has found what appears to be an ancient Egyptian mummy while playing at his grandmother’s house in Lower Saxony State, DPA has reported, quoting a Spanish newspaper.

Alexander Kettler made the discovery in his grandmother’s storing room.

The sarcophagus containing the bandaged mummy reportedly bore hieroglyphic inscriptions and was accompanied by an object believed to be a “death mask,” as well as an acanopic jar used by ancient Egyptians to preserve the entrails of the dead.

Kettler’s father was quoted as saying he would have experts examine the mummy in order to authenticate it. Read more.

NAPLES - Amalfi authorities greenlit the restoration of a 4th-century sarcophagus and two 16th-century statues found in a former Capuchin monastery, officials said Tuesday. The sarcophagus was recycled in the 13th century by local aristocracy, who decorated it with their coat of arms, then used as an altar in 1934.

Probably made by a Cistercian monk, the two tuff and polychrome plaster statues come from the Puglia region, and were discovered in a cave in Amalfi’s Capuchin convent. They represent Saint Peter and Saint John the Evangelist, and are part of a group of five characters that also includes Christ, an Angel and Saint Jacob.
”This shows the administration’s will to invest in preserving the city’s cultural assets”, said Daniele Milano, the town council member for tourism and culture. (source)

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The largest ancient Egyptian sarcophagus has been identified in a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, say archaeologists who are re-assembling the giant box that was reduced to fragments more than 3,000 years ago.

Made of red granite, the royal sarcophagus was built for Merneptah, an Egyptian pharaoh who lived more than 3,200 years ago. A warrior king, he defeated the Libyans and a group called the “Sea Peoples” in a great battle.

He also waged a campaign in the Levant attacking, among others, a group he called “Israel” (the first mention of the people). When he died, his mummy was enclosed in a series of four stone sarcophagi, one nestled within the other.

Archaeologists are re-assembling the outermost of these nested sarcophagi, its size dwarfing the researchers working on it. It is more than 13 feet (4 meters) long, 7 feet (2.3 m) wide and towers more than 8 feet (2.5 m) above the ground. It was originally quite colorful and has a lid that is still intact. Read more.

LAREDO, TEXAS (AP) — U.S. customs officers in Laredo have seized two stolen Egyptian sarcophagus-type artifacts and are working on getting them back to Egypt.

A Customs and Border Protection statement described the artifacts as painted with intricate faces and designs.

A customs officer at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo initially examined the shipment listed as Egyptian sculptures.

Homeland Security Investigations agents determined the artifacts weren’t travelling with required documentation and actually were Egyptian property.

The priceless objects will move through a government forfeiture process and eventually be returned to Egypt. Read more.