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An ancient Egyptian coffin lid being sold at auction in Cambridgeshire today should be withdrawn from sale and repatriated to Egypt, embassy officials in London have said.

They are furious at the refusal of Willingham Auctions to withdraw the partial sarcophagus, which dates back thousands of years. It was discovered by auctioneer Stephen Drake during a clearance of a house in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, last month.

The property was the home of the big game hunter and journalist Captain “Tiger” Sarll, who is thought to have found the coffin lid in Africa and had it shipped back to Britain. He died in 1977, and his widow continued to live there until her death in 2005. Read more.

During excavation works carried out in Bastet cemetery at the Saqqara necropolis just outside Cairo, French archaeologists stumbled upon three wooden sarcophagi belonging to Ta-Ekht, a singer in a sacred choir in the 18th dynasty period (1543–1292 BC).

Mohamed Ibrahim, the antiquities minister, said that the sarcophagi were found inside each other. The outer sarcophagus is a little deteriorated while the middle and inner ones are well-preserved.

Ibrahim told Ahram Online on Saturday that the sarcophagi were unearthed during excavation works at the tomb of the daughter of 18th dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten, Maya, who was known as Meritee Atun. Read more.

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)