Egypt on Saturday declared the revelation in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb having a place with an imperial goldsmith who lived over 3,500 years prior and whose work was committed to the old Egyptian god Amun.
The tomb, situated on the west bank of the stream Nile in a graveyard for aristocrats and best authorities, is a moderately unobtrusive disclosure, however one that specialists have declared with a lot of exhibition in an offer to support the nation’s gradually recuperating tourism industry.
“We need tomorrow’s daily papers to talk about Egypt and influence individuals to need to come to Egypt,” Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani told columnists, mirroring the nation’s urgent need to rejuvenate tourism.
El-Anani said the tomb was not in good condition but contained a partially damaged sandstone statue of the goldsmith, named Amenemhat, and his wife. Between the couple stands a smaller figure of one of their sons.
The tomb has two burial shafts, one of which was likely dug to bury the mummies of the goldsmith and his wife. It also contained wooden funerary masks and a collection of statues of the couple, according to a ministry statement. Three mummies were found in the shaft.
It said a second shaft contained a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st and 22nd dynasties.
The tomb belonged to the 18th pharaonic dynasty when Amun was the most powerful deity. It was discovered by Egyptian archeologists, something that a senior official at the Antiquities Ministry hailed as evidence of their growing professionalism and expertise.
“We used to escort foreign archeologists as observers, but that’s now in the past. We are the leaders now,” said Mustafa Waziri, the ministry’s chief archaeologist in Luxor.