Researchers to examine last sarcophagus

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Researchers from the University of Memphis are unsure what they'll find when they examine their last coffin. It's the last of seven ancient coffins they found in the first tomb uncovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings since King Tut's in 1922.

The tomb is believed to be about three-thousand years old. It was accidentally discovered last year by the archaeologists while they were working on a nearby site in the desert region near the southern city of Luxor, Egypt.

The archaeologists had hoped to find preserved bodies inside the coffins, but the ones they've examined so far mostly contain pottery shards. Doctor Otto Schaden is team leader of the archaeologists.

He said the last coffin is very brittle and the team plans to X-ray it before opening it.

He declined to say what might be inside. Said Schaden -- "I try not to have hopes on whatever is there."

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