A 3,600 year old mummy in a wooden coffin has been found by Spanish archaeologists in the necropolis of Dra' Abu el-Naga' on the West Bank of the Nile at ancient Thebes, near Luxor.
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities, said “This discovery is important because this type of coffin is rare, it is called Rishi coffins (Rishi is the Arabic word for ‘feathery’) as it is decorated with a feather design which is typical type of the Second Intermediate Period.”
The mummy has been preserved in a wooden sarcophagus which is 2 metres long. It still has the original engraving of hieroglyphs and is decorated with inscriptions of bird feathers, all in its original colouring. The mummy appears to be that of a high official, although the exact identity will now be studied.
The coffin is said to date to the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty in 1600BC.
Source: Luxor Times