Ancient Egyptian funerary garden discovered

A 4,000-year-old Egyptian funerary garden has been found during excavation work in a Dra' Abu el-Naga' necropolis during a Spanish archaeological dig.

According to Ahram Online, the garden is comprised of small squares, which Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, said could have contained a variety of different forestation, including a number of different plants and flowers.

In addition to the garden, the remnants of a 4,000-year-old tree also were found, along with a bowl of dried dates and other fruits.

Jose Galan, who heads up the mission, told Ahram Online that the discovery could show how those who lived nearly 4,000 years ago in Thebes gardened and the conditions of the environment.

Galan also noted that there were tombs made of rock and a chapel built from mud, which featured inside three upright tablet stones, known as stelae, all found undisturbed.