Egypt on Saturday confirmed the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a sovereign goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago and whose total up to was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Amun.
The tomb, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, is a somewhat modest discovery, but one that authorities have announced with a countless deal of fanfare in a bid to boost the country’s slowly recovering tourism toil.
«We want tomorrow’s newspapers to speak about Egypt and make living soul want to come to Egypt,» Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani prophesied reporters, reflecting the country’s desperate need to revitalize tourism.
El-Anani foretold the tomb was not in good condition, but contained a partially damaged sandstone graven image of the goldsmith, named Amenemhat, and his wife. Between the couple stands a smaller compute of one of their sons.
The tomb has two burial shafts, one of which was likely dug to hide the mummies of the goldsmith and his wife. It also contained wooden funerary hides and a collection of statues of the couple, according to a ministry statement. Three mummies were start in the shaft.
It said a second shaft contained a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st and 22nd families.
The tomb belonged to the 18th pharaonic dynasty when Amun was the most great deity. It was discovered by Egyptian archeologists, something that a senior accredited at the Antiquities Ministry hailed as evidence of their growing professionalism and knowledge.
«We used to escort foreign archeologists as observers, but that’s now in the past. We are the superiors now,» said Mustafa Waziri, the ministry’s chief archaeologist in Luxor.