EGYPTIAN archaeologists have discovered eight mummies in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the southern city of Luxor.
The tomb, discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, also contained colourful wooden coffins and more than 1,000 funerary statues.
The mysterious death vault from roughly 1,500 to 1,000 B.C belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as the city judge, the Antiquities Ministry said in a statement.
Head of the archaeological mission, Mostafa el-Waziri, said: "There are 10 coffins and eight mummies. The excavation is ongoing."
The tomb comprised an open courtyard leading to two halls, one containing four ancient coffins and the other including a chamber that houses six.