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An ancient heritage recently founded near the Aswan, Egypt along the Nile River it’s been discovered that a tomb holding the mummy of Shemai, the younger brother of a powerful governor in Egypt. And according to the archaeologists, the structure date goes more than 3,800 years back.
And that’s not it; about 14 members of Shemai’s extended family have been also discovered in Egypt. One Egyptologist said recent research show that women played an important role in the Shemai’s family, acting as the ‘bearers of legitimacy’.
According to the Alejandro Jimenez-Serrano, an Egyptologist at the University of Jaen in Spain, recently discovered tomb structure seems to hold multiple burials, as archaeologists found two coffins, at least one hold the Mummy, and wooden models of boats and people. Furthermore, part of the structure was already robbed in the ancient times and another part of the tomb yet has to be digging up. .Alejandro Jimenez-Serrano has led the team that excavated the tomb.
An record on one of the coffins indicate that it hold the burial of Shemai, who was a younger brother of Sarenput II, a governor of Elephantine and a military general during the regime of Pharaoh Senwosret II (reign approx 1887–1878 B.C.) and Pharaoh Senwosret III (reign approx 1878–1840 B.C.).
Jimenez-Serrano told- We have found the mummy body of Shemai, but we left him in his coffin in his original position. Gladly, next year, we will have the opportunity to look at his face.
Discovering so many family members at the site has been a fortune for archaeologists, Ministry of Antiquities said, Such high numbers of individuals gives a unique opportunity to study the living conditions of the high class in Egypt more than 3,800 years ago.
14 family members DNA analysis could reveal a great deal of additional information, Jimenez-Serrano said, but the Egyptian antiquities ministry has declined to authorize such a study.