Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

According to the cartouche of king Thutmosis I engraved on the ceiling of one of the tomb's chambers, it could be dated to the end of the 17th Dynasty and the beginning of the 18th Dynasty, Waziri explained.

The tombs were found across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp.

"It is a very important discovery because both tombs contain very rich funerary collections, and one of them has a very distinguished painted statue of a lady in the Osirian shape", El-Enany told Ahram Online , pinpointing that 2017 has been a "year of discoveries", with the latest discovery being the third Draa Abul-Naga alone.

"The discovery was a joint effort of Ministry of Antiquities and Luxor Governorate to promote tourism and ancient Egyptian antiquities", he added.

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Since then both tombs were left untouched until the Egyptian archaeological mission started its excavations during the recent archaeological season, Anany added.

Anani pointed out that later in the day, for the first time since 1961, the Holy of Holies (innermost sanctuary) of Amun Ra will be opened in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in al-Deir al-Bahari. The archaeologists also found funerary masks, chair legs, and parts of coffins.

The owner is unidentified, though the ministry said they have two possible identities. He speculates that the tomb could possibly belong to a person named Djehuty Mes, as this name is inscribed on one of the walls.

Or it could belong to "the scribe Maati as his name and the name of his wife Mehi were inscribed on 50 funerary cones found in the tomb's rectangular chamber". The scene also depicts five people making funerary furniture.

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Kampp 161, based on the wall paintings, engravings and inscriptions found inside, dates back to around the end of the reign of pharaohs Amenhotep II and his son Thutmose IV, around 1400 BCE.

Some of the artifacts discovered in Kampp 150.

The antiquities ministry said archaeologists found a mummy wrapped in linen which studies suggested could be for a top official or a powerful person.

The box was probably used for storing an Ushabti figurine 17 cm tall and 6 cm large.

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Scientists found a mummy, frescoes, clay pots and statuettes in the tombs, which are already being examined by experts to give more insight into the discovery.

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