Featured image via Reuters (photograph by: Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)
Talk about gifts that keep on giving, Egypt is filled with many wonders yet to be revealed, and every now and then we hear of a new discovery. The latest of such discoveries is a 3,000-year-old tomb, in good condition, belonging to a woman of the Pharaonic era.
The tomb was discovered in Luxor, and this is the first time that it’s been opened. It was discovered by the French exploration mission this Month, and they found the tomb in the Al-Asasif area on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor.
Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Antiquities, stated, “they’ve found two tombs, one of them is from the end of the 17th Dynasty, and the other is from the 18th Dynasty. The two mummies will be displayed inside their tombs in the burial area.”
The 18th Dynasty dates back to the 13th century B.C., and is an epoch known for some of the most famous Pharaonic kings such as Tut Ankh Amun and Ramses the Second. This was the first time that a tomb has been opened for the first time in front of international media. It directly followed another tomb opening, this one for an embalming supervisor, that the Egyptian authorities conducted in the same area.
The Tomb included five colourful masks, and around one thousand small statues that are thought to help Pharaohs in the afterlife. There were also a number of mummies, skeletons, and skulls dating back four thousand years. Opening this tomb was a difficult job, as it required the excavation of 300 square metres of debris that took five months.
Just in 2018, Egypt has announced the discovery of over ten new tombs and other artefacts. We hope that these discoveries keep on coming to revive the tourism in Egypt back to its prime.