We were in no way certain of what we would find. We only knew that, according to information provided by archaeologists at the end of the 1800s, the temple of Amenhotep II, son of Thutmosi III, was there,'' Sesana said, noting that in the 12-kilometre-square area, the last to ''scratch'' - and not conduct serious excavations with modern-day scientific methods - was the British archaeologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie.
His excavations date back to 1894-1895. ''Since then no one else has carried out excavations,'' noted the archaeologist, saying that the mission's activities include cleaning up the area, excavating and drawing up a planimetry of the area in which necropolises have surfaced from a number of eras, even ones before the pharaoh's temple was built.
Sesana's mission brought to light burials from the Middle Kingdom (1800 B.C.) through the Third Intermediate Period (1000-700 B.C.) to the Ptolemaic Era. The canopy vases are thought to have come from the tomb of a woman. They date back to the period between 1075 and 664 B.C. and, Sesana notes, were laid out in the manner of two on one side and two on the other of the burial, inside of which a sarcophagus and skeleton were found. The archaeologist said that they were unidentified. ''But another time, and it was such a strong emotion that I began jumping up and down, I found canopy vases with the inscription of the name of the dead. It was the same name as that of a sarcophagus I had identified six years before.'' ''This year has been one of incredibly great finds. Five days ago we found the tomb of a child, with a small sarcophagus in terracotta and stupendous tableware, bowls and plates. It dates back to the Middle Kingdom, 1800 B.C. Another unique find was the monumental ramp that we are in the process of consolidating. It is grandiose, spectacular,'' said Sesana, who will tomorrow be going back to Italy. But he will be coming back again to Luxor and its temple to be discovered. (ANSAmed).