Egypt unveils 3,500-years old tomb in city of Luxor

10 September 2017, 07:19 AM
Egypt unveils 3,500-years old tomb in city of Luxor
Egypt unveils 3,500-years old tomb in city of Luxor

Marking a noteworthy discovery, Egypt uncovered a pharaonic tomb in the southern city of Luxor. The tomb belonged to a royal goldsmith named Amenemhat who lived more than 3,500 years ago and his work was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Amun.

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 authorities have announced the discovery with great sensationalism in order to escalate the country’s slowly recovering tourism industry. "We want tomorrow’s newspapers to speak about Egypt and make people want to come to Egypt", Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani said in a statement.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Sunday, September 10, 2017 07:12 AM

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