A team of Spanish archeologists excavating near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor have discovered a wooden sarcophagus believed to be that of a five year-old child.

According to head archeologist Jose Manual Galan, the coffin, which is over 3,000 years old, may shed light on a little-known period before the unification of ancient Egypt. Alongside it were a number of ancient pots and wooden statues wrapped in linen.

The coffin was found during ongoing excavations and documentation of the tomb of Djehuty, one of the highest ranking dignitaries during the era of Queen Hatshepsut, at Dira Abul-Naga area in western Luxor. This is not the first important archeological discovery in Egypt this year. In early January, Italian scientists excavating under the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep II came across a collection of tombs hiding human bones, the remains of wooden sarcophagi, and jars used many centuries ago to store the organs of the deceased.

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