Archeologists working in Egypt discovered the 3,000-year-old tomb of Nehmes Bastet - a female singer who lived sometime between 945-712 BC. The woman was a temple singer who lived during Egypt's 22nd Dynasty, according to the inscription in the tomb.
Professor Susanne Bickel from the University of Basel in Switzerland told the BBC that they opened the coffin on Monday and was able to see the nicely wrapped mummy of the woman who was buried in the tomb.
Bickel told the BBC that they discovered the tomb on Jan. 25, 2011, but were not able to investigate it due to the revolution. Instead, they covered the opening and kept the discovery quiet. The room was officially identified as a tomb last week, making it one of the few in the Valley of the Kings that has not been looted.
Elina Paulin-Grothe, field director for the team, told the Associated Press that tomb was not originally built for the female singer, but was reused 400 years after original burial. Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim told the AFP that the singer was the daughter of a high priest. He called it an important discovery because it shows that the Valley of the Kings was also used for the burial of ordinary individuals and priests of the 22nd Dynasty.
BBC reported that the tomb is only the second found in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun in 1922 and is referred to as KV64 in the naming system used to label tombs in the valley. It is one of a cluster of tombs without any wall decoration found near the royal tomb of Thutmoses III.