Coffin and painting from ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty found in Luxor

French archaeologists working in Luxor, Egypt, have uncovered a coffin and a painting believed to date to Egypt's eighteenth dynasty, making them 3,500 years old.

The coffin is described as being complete and made of wood. It's also said to feature some identifying marks.

The painting which is done on sandstone has suffered over time and is missing a piece. The two artefacts were found next to one another.

The discovery comes six weeks after an Egyptian archeological mission, also working in the Asasif region, discovered two ancient tombs with mummies inside.

Meanwhile, at another dig in Cairo, archeologists have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions dating back almost 4,000 years.

The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday that the artefacts found in eastern Cairo's Matariya neighbourhood date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent.

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