Two burial chambers of two Middle Kingdom elites were announced to have been discovered on Tuesday at the hands of an Egyptian-Australian archaeological mission from Macquarie University in Beni Hassan Necropolis in Minya governorate, according to a press release published by the Ministry of Antiquities.
The elites were found to be named Remochetni and Baqet II, and the discovery came accidently while the mission was carrying out cleaning work inside the burial shafts inside the tombs.
The mission work started in 2009. The general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri stated in a press release that the mission uncovered these burial chambers during the last week of its current archaeological season.
“The burial shaft of the Remochetni tomb is 17.5 meters deep and leads to a chamber with a second burial shaft 3 meters deep that slopes downward to reach the tomb’s main burial chamber,” said Ayman Ashmawi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities sector, adding
, “it is an empty chamber with a rectangular-shaped pit, probably used to erect the sarcophagus, which was presumably removed by British Egyptologist Percy E Newberry, who worked in Beni Hassan during the end of the 19th century.”