‘Royal granddaughter’s tomb’ found near Cairo

Cairo Archaeologists have unearthed the 3,000-year-old tomb of an Egyptian noblewoman in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo. The Japanese team believes that the tomb belongs to Isisnofret, granddaughter of Ramses II, the 19th Dynasty pharaoh who reigned over Egypt from 1304BC to 1237BC.The tomb contained a broken limestone sarcophagus bearing the name of Isisnofret, three mummies and fragments of funerary objects.

The archaeologists’ team leader, Sakuji Yoshimura, said that the find was made near the tomb of Prince Khaemwaset, a son of Ramses II. “Prince Khaemwaset had a daughter named Isisnofret [and] because of the proximity of the newly discovered tomb . . . it is possible that [it] is the daughter of Khaemwaset,” he said.

However, Zahi Hawass, who heads the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities, said he believed the tomb dated from the 18th dynasty because of the style of construction

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