3,000-Year Old Egyptian 'Lady Gaga' Tomb Found

The tomb of a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra during the Twenty-Second Dynasty has been discovered in Egypt's Valley of Kings.

THE GIST

The tomb was discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper Egypt.

Nehmes Bastet, a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra, is a "nicely wrapped" mummy according to archaeologists.

This is one of the few tombs that weren't looted during the recent unrest in Egypt.

Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer -- who may have been the "Lady Gaga" of her time -- dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland's Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper Egypt, the Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said on Sunday.

The woman, Nehmes Bastet, was a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra during the Twenty-Second Dynasty (945-712 BC), according to an inscription on a wooden plaque found in the tomb.

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She was the daughter of the High Priest of Amon, Ibrahim said.

The discovery is important because "it shows that the Valley of the Kings was also used for the burial of ordinary individuals and priests of the Twenty-Second Dynasty," he added.

The coffin was opened on Monday and Bickel told the BBC that she saw the "nicely wrapped" mummy of the woman who was buried in the tomb.

Bickel said that the upper edge of the tomb was discovered on the first day of the Egyptian revolution on Jan 25, 2011. The discovery was then kept secret and an iron cover was placed over the opening to the tomb.

Last week, as this year's field season began, the tomb was identified, one of the few tombs in the Valley of the Kings that wasn't looted during the recent unrest.

Until now the only tombs found in the historic valley were those linked to ancient Egyptian royal families.